I think people are afraid of getting torn to pieces if they reply to this one...
My opinion on this is that if nurses want to keep up with other healthcare professions...and if nurses want to be treated with respect as a professionals...then I think it would be good for all RNs to be bachelor's prepared.
However, I realize that this is difficult for many people who are in nursing school
. Many individuals with kids etc are attracted to the 2 year programs b/c they can get in and get out, and get on with their lives without spending what seems like an eternity, and a fortune, going to school.
I know that the ANA has been talking about this for awhile, but nothing has ever really come of it, to my knowledge.
This does not mean that I think a four-year nurse is a better nurse than a two-year or diploma nurse
...not at all. Both my parents are nurses...my dad has a BSN, and my mom has an ASN, and they're both equally darn good nurses, if I might say so!
I guess bottom line, I think if nursing wants to be respected as the profession it really is, I think the higher the education, the better.
OK...now I'm going to start running!!!!!!!!!!!