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This is a discussion on The education requirement for nursing is changing in General Nursing Discussion, part of General Nursing ... It used to be that nurses did not have to go to college; we were instead trained by hospitals. Then...by DichloroacetateAl Aug 26, '12It used to be that nurses did not have to go to college; we were instead trained by hospitals. Then the education requirement changed and community college replaced hospitals. And now, it is changing to that some hospitals will only hire nurses with college degrees. Undoubtedly, the education requirement will continue to increase in the future.
The downside to this is that it will make this profession harder to get into. And those who are in the profession will constantly need to adapt by going back to school. The upside to this is that it will provide us with more skills to do a better job.
What is your opinion on this?Last edit by DichloroacetateAl on Aug 26, '12
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- Aug 26, '12 by Asystole RNThe educational changes are related to the idea of professionalizing nursing.
This is a good thing.
- Aug 27, '12 by BonnieScMy opinion is that it isn't accurate. To say that nurses didn't used to have to go to college because they were "trained" by hospitals is more-or-less technically correct, but it doesn't really capture the essence of earlier nursing education. The education provided by a reputable hospital school of nursing WAS a college education. Nurses have also been receiving bachelor's degrees for a good long time--long before community colleges started granting associate's degrees in nursing.
- Aug 27, '12 by RNperdiemThis is the trend in many professions.
Colleges are the gatekeepers for more professions. Once a college degree was an unusually hight level of achievment, now it is more standard. The downside is that college is getting more expensive and doesn't give you the career boost that it once did.
The degree has little to do with actual skills; it is a credential.
- Aug 27, '12 by hiddencatRNBSN degrees predate Associate Degrees, don't they?
- Aug 27, '12 by kloneI think anything that raises the bar for nurses, builds us up as a more professional career (rather than a "pink collar" trade), gains us more respect and gives us more bargaining power for higher salaries, while also forcing more selectivity in who joins the profession, can only be a GOOD thing in the long run.
- Aug 27, '12 by not.done.yetI am all for it.
- Aug 27, '12 by emtb2rnHomework?
- Aug 27, '12 by DichloroacetateAlNo, it's not homework. I made this thread after reading the following article from the New York Times:http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/24/ed...AmWwWJyq74JipwLast edit by DichloroacetateAl on Aug 27, '12 : Reason: Fixed broken link
- Aug 27, '12 by whichone'spinkI'm all for making nursing hard to get into, because it lessens the competition for existing nurses and keeps salaries from going on. The glut of new grads and pop-up nursing schools is something that needs to be stopped.