Quote from Azzurri
I just want to clue you in on something, just because you have a BSN, doesn't mean you know more than someone with a ASN or will be a better nurse. We all take the same nursing classes and clinicals, you guys just have more nursing theory classes. I have taken all the sciences that BSN courses require in the past, it just wasn't a good time in my life to get a BSN. I think I'm alot more skillful than alot of the nurses I work with that have higher degrees. I'm not being cocky, just honest.
I REALLY wish people would think about what they are saying before they say this S$%^ about BSN's. I am a BSN, so I am biased. Nurses from other educational backgrounds expect that you resepct them for their talent and skills...and yet if I let the cat out of the bag that i am a BSN, nine times out of ten I am gaurenteed to get an earfull about this and that "enter negative comment of your choice related to BSN's"--if not total resentment and hate from my coworkers..it doesnt matter what my attitude is..or how good i am as a nurse. people are going to assume I think i am better then everyone else, and that im trying to be the boss..and frequently, I am going to get the cold shoulder..so to function in the workplace, I actually have to HIDE my credentials...credentials that I worked hard for and paid ALOT of money for. Now personally I feel that their are good BSN's and bad BSN's, good ASN's and bad ASN's. I think that having nurses from a variety of backgrounds is a positive thing...LPN, ASN's, diploma nurses, due to the diverse nature of healthcare.
But i resent people generalizing BSN's as having the exact same experience as everyone else..what do you think we are doing in those 4 years? And unless you have been in that program..how do you have any idea what we do during that time? I had 3 full semesters of med surg, including a full semester of critical/complex med surg, a Full semester of psych, and a full semester of ob/peds..
BSN's are the minority...we are VASTLY outnumbered by every other type of nurse...so why are people so threatened? IF you spent more time and money on your education, you would expect to get something for that too...and as it is IT is a WONDERFUL thing for nursing that we have educational opportunities for advancement..at least those opportunities are open to you if you so choose. BUT this pervasive negative attitude hurts us all...We have a heck of alot of responsibility in nursing, we want to get paid, and we want the recognition as the professionals that we are...BUT those opportunities loose their value when we spread so much heresay about what a worthless degree it is..so keep up the attitude, and the BSN's will go away. But then nurses are never gonna recieve the same status as the other healthfields such as respiratory therapy, pt, ot, radiology ect...even tho we are responsible for so much more..
Yes, hospitals should look at the whole package for that the person brings to the table..experience counts for alot...and i would fight for that cause, and support any ASN if they are a good nurse..so why cant people support what is right and fair for me? You may think that your additudes dont matter...but i have been told by recruiters and administration types that BSN is worthless....Well, will someone please tell me how much education is enough today in America to get an entry level position? Your attitude influences public opinion and the decision makers.
Bottom line..I dont try to mess with your career...so please stop trying to mess with mine. That is my livelyhood. As it is they have been saying that BSN was going to be the new entry into practice for 20 years..and it hasnt happened. So you can relax.
I just wish people would consider what its like to be in my shoes and give me the same consideration and respect that i give them..