You currently do not need a BSN or MSN for the CCRN or CEN.
The people responsible for the change in the certification requirements that you are referring to are the, ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center). This change occured in 1998. Which required nurses to have a BSN. However, ADNs with certification could keep them. The certifications involved are: General Nursing Practice, med-Surg Nurse, Geriatric Nurse, Pediatric Nurse, Perinatal Nurse, College Health Nurse, School Nurse, Community Health Nurse, Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse, Nursing Continuing Education/staff Development, Home Health Nurse, Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse, Nursing Administration, for CNS (Clinical Nurse Specialist).
I agree it is total BS!!!! I have met ADN, BSN and MSN nurses in the field. There is no pattern to who is a good nurse and who is a bad nurse. I've met BSN and MSNs that I wouldn't let touch me with a ten foot pole!!! I've seen ADN's that are the greatest and smartest nurses in the world. This is in no way meant to put down higher educated people. It goes both ways, but this is a perfect example of why it is BS. The people that make these decisions, obviously do not work in the field. They have not a clue!!! It's unfortunate that people like this sit on boards that make these kinds of decisions. If aomeone with a lesser degree can pass a test, doesn't that prove their intellegence? The whole purpose of testing, is to show that one has the knowledge and ability to perform competently in a certain setting. All it does is limit the number of competent and intellegent people, that can take their test and pass. This tells me that they just want to outright discriminate against others. If I worked where I thought those certs would benefit me, I would not hesitate to take them to court over it. It is outright discrimination.
I'm glad I went straight to work in the ER. Because their certifications are meaningless to me.
RN, CEN, TNCC, MICN,BLS, ACLS, PALS - ADN