I struggle with 2 schools
of thought here.
One is that I dislike nurses who are resisitant to anything beyond "traditional" routes to becoming an RN. Those RN's that think that you need a traditional BSN and "getting your feet wet experience" before getting an MSN. That's too closed minded for me.
In this day and age, we are needing to come up with more innovative ways to educate and move up rather than shooting down anything other than B&M school education followed by years paying your dues on med/surg floors before the MSN degree.
My local U has a BSN program for those with bachelors in other areas and trains them to become RN's in one year. This year is intense and solid and the students cannot work while in the program, just like how CRNA programs are set up.
I think it's a good thing.
On the other hand, I'm just not seeing how in two years, a graduate with a liberal arts degree, could be taught not only the basic fundamentals of nursing, but also graduate level nursing education to truely be a nurse at a masters level.
And if this is truely the case, then why does it still take me the same two years (or same amount of credits) to get an MSN when I already have the fundamentals down as an RN?
How can you learn to be an RN at the ground level and MSN education at the same time?
I'm sorry, but bachelors degree programs are not all equal. Many liberal arts people take the absolute minimal science that they can get by with to graduate. Most liberal arts graduates do not have 4-8 semester credits of biology, 8 credits of A&P, 4 of micro, and 4 of chem. And those are often the minimum in ADN and BSN programs.
I'm asking because I have a friend who very arrogantly touts his liberal arts bachelors degree. He brags about being a corpsman in the military and has only worked as a CNA in civilian healthcare,yet is somehow under the impression that if he were to get hired at my hospital, that he'd be my superior/boss/manager since I'm still a lowly ADN RN.
His military corpsman training was less than half of my LPN program.
He's hardly prepared to be my boss and I'm just not seeing how a generic MSN program would remedy this.