I posted this on another bulletin board and got amazing results and was encouraged to post this elsewhere and see what happens.
It seems like every time I turn around someone is talking about how nursing will not be taken seriously until we make the BSN the entry lever for RN's.
I hear the BSN's sounding elitist saying that they are way more educated regarding leadership, pathophysiology, and research, therofore they make better prepared nurses.
I hear the ADN's saying that they take the same test and have a higher pass rate and get more realistic clinicals, therefore they are better prepared for bedside nursing.
I hear the diploma nurses saying that both the ADN and BSN prepared nurses are really losing out because they do not get the amount and quality of clinicals that the diploma programs offer.
I do not disagree with any of these arguments, but I do feel that it would be beneficial to combine the best of all three entry levels and make one superior nursing school.
I will not argue that making the BSN the entry level for RN's will increase the public perception of nursing as a profession. However, the BSN programs that are available at this moment do not seem to be preparing students realistically for the bedside nursing and this is really too bad.
Now is saying all that, it is my opinion that the amount of education does not make a profession. To me professionalism is an attutude. Members of a profession take personal responsibility for ensuring that the young in the profession become compitent and are molded into good professionals themselves. In other words they give back to the profession and are proud of it.
There is a really good saying that comes from the twelve step programs, it goes....You can only keep what you have by giving it away. I see this to be true not only in sobriety, but in life, in nursing. How better to keep your knowledge and skills up than teaching them to others.
What do you all think?
Now this is not meant to be an ADN/BSN/Diploma argument, so please keep those comments out of this.