Quote from traumaRUs
All I can say is that the ANCC "recommended" the BSN as an entry level for RNs 30 years ago and that didn't come to pass. I'm not worried about needing a doctorate in my lifetime - lol.
One thing is different between the DNP issue and the BSN entry into practice issue.
The vast majority of schools that prepare APN's are actively involved in the organizations (such as AACN) that support the DNP. Also, those schools can see the DNP as an opportunity to teach more courses, bring in more revenue, and prepare more doctorally-prepared nurses to be available to teach (more teachers = lower salaries for teachers). So ... it's in the schools' best interest to have flourishing DNP programs.
If the majority of schools switch their APN programs from Master's level to DNP level ... the change will happen over time as fewer and fewer MSN-only APN's exist. As the DNP grads become the majority, they will make the rules for advanced practice.
With the BSN entry-level issue, the numbers are different. The schools producing ADN's and Diploma's are numerous (more numorous?) and produce large numbers of graduates each year -- producing lots of voters to pressure legislators to keep the ADN and Diploma programs alive. Those schools and consituencies are also well-represented on the Boards of Nursing that govern the practice of nursing. And finally, hospitals want to keep a large supply of ADN grads handy because they keep nursing wages down. So ... there are a lot of people who exert a lot of political pressure to maintain the status quo.
The numbers and the political influence with the 2 issues are very different. I don't have a crystal ball ... but the DNP train seems to be leaving the station as more and more programs convert from MSN to DNP. Fortunately for those existing APN's, these things usually take several years to play out -- when this sort of change occurs, existing people in a role are usually grandfathered in.