I am new to this board and not even a nurse yet. I won't be going to school until 2002.
I live in Ontario Canada, and as of the year 2005 the minimum requirement for RNs is a BScN. Which means that this September is the last intake year for the three year community college program, which I was too late applying for so I will be going to the way more expensive 4 year university program in 2002. I could go to University this Sept, but I can't afford it yet.
According to the literature I have read on the subject of why a BScN is being required in Ontario, it is partially the nurses that are currently in the field that have voted for the change in the minimum requirements. I am sure there was strong government influences as well.
So apparently the nurses in Ontario must have felt that new grads from the three year program were not being adequetly prepared for the job. Why else would they want to slow down the inflow of new nurses when there is already such a ahortage of nurses?
Just some food for thought on what is happening in this neck o' the woods
PS, Is there a section for introductions here on the board? I feel kinda rude just barging in without introducing myself first.