I'm really disgusted at the relatively recent decision that denies associate degree R.N.'s the ability to attain certain specialty certifications like CCRN, CEN, etc. Let's face it folks--these certifications have always been predicated on one's ability to successfully pass the exams; and that ability is directly related to how one has assimilated the lessons of years of clinical experience and pursued further education after graduating from nursing school. It has nothing to do with a bachelor's degree. This, to me, is a direct insult to all of us in "the trenches" who have demonstrated, day in and day out (or night in and night out!) our clinical expertise and knowledge base. And you know what? For any of us who are getting tired of long hours, low pay, crazy schedules, higher risks in an increasingly violent population, and a corporate philosophy of "do more with less", this just fuels the fire to leave the profession completely. Which is a shame, because I, for one, have always really liked what I do, but there seems to be a trend of diminishing returns these days, and many of us are getting fed up with it. I fear the next nursing shortage is going to be really horrific, both for those of us who choose to remain, and for the patients who will not get the care they deserve. Administrative decisions like this certification issue just hastens the meltdown.
[This message has been edited by Chris Reardon (edited 01-11-99).]