I think the bashing stems from the fact that nursing is so fragmented. What other profession do you know where it's fragmented into 3 distinct categories, yet generalized by the public? When I ask people their profession, they say "I'm a nurse". Yet when probed deeper, you find out that they are an LPN or a CNA. In my own opinion, and if I were king, I would do away with the LPN curriculum, and require all future nurses to be RN, BSNs. Why?? Because when you raise the standards of a profession, you can command more money, and command more respect from the public as they know you went through lengthy formal education as opposed to a one year community college course.
Nurses whine and complain about their salary, lack of support, heavy assignments, etc. But they brought it all on themselves by having incompetent lobbyists and unqualified personnel in Washington, the ANA, and the NLN. Such regulatory boards are primarily run by women. The AMA is run by men. Look at the difference in pay and respect. Wake up, people! Raise the standards of your profession and let the public know we're not just professional butt wipers and glorified baby sitters!
Talk to your local state representative today! Demand new blood in the ANA and NLN! Make a difference in your profession! Go back to school and get your BSN or higher! RAISE THE STANDARDS!
Nov 4, '02
Originally posted by kwalker5
I think the bashing stems from the fact that nursing is so fragmented. What other profession do you know where it's fragmented into 3 distinct categories, yet generalized by the public?
This is going to be my only post on this subject because these threads never accomplish anything other than people getting defensive, making assumptions, and listing off their resumes.
I wanted to comment that I agree with your statement above. In light of this I wanted to share an idea that was first espoused waaayyy back in 1961. It's a shame we haven't moved any further:
...nursing's failure to articulate a distinct (unified) function distinct from medicine, and other professions, has kept nursing on a dependent path. As a result, health admins, medical authorities, and health policies continue to push nursing down a path that has served nonnursing interests.
In other words, we need to NOT have so many levels in nursing. We need ONE. And only WE can change that. No one else. Until we move past the idea that we are there only to follow doctor's orders, we will never move forward. Until we stop cutting corners, we will never move forward. Until we take accountability for ourselves, we will never move forward.
Last edit by Susy K on Nov 4, '02