Accelerated nursing programs
seem like nothing more than a desperate move to rapidly increase the number of people availible to work as RN's, But at what cost?
When I entered into nursing 17 years ago there were over 1500 people applying for 190 positions in school, of the 190 that made it in, only 85 graduated. This attrition rate was for a reason, not everyone is mentally, emotionally or even potentially capable of meeting the demands of competently working as a nurse. Competency is the larger issue. If we are to take any and all people interested in the program, design a program which will allow the maximum number of applicants to be accepted into it and pass, then competence in the field will suffer as will the patients. Already the standards of practise are compromised because of the nursing shortage It is frightening to think what will happen in the future if large numbers of RN's are quickly schooled and snuck into the system to avoid the 2004 deadline for BSN. These people will all be grandfathered in their place of work, But their recognition as an RN will be the same as a you or me. Frightening!!
passing the certification exams shouldn't be the only criteria for working as an RN, it is the journey through the learning process as well as self motivation for continued learning which developes a good nurse. Passing an exam only means you passed an exam.
[This message has been edited by toronto rn (edited March 08, 2001).]