Hi Diana, Interesting comment! Where are you hearing this??
I'm sure education is vital for nurses' survival, but don't believe all nurses will need a PHD. I DO feel that present A.D. nursing programs
try to cram way too much in too short a time. Nursing has become so much more complex since the A.D. programs started 30++ years ago. Still, NLN defines (restricts?) the number of hours/credits in the acredited programs.
(It sounds a lot like working on the floors: more to do with less time to do it!)
Hate to suggest everyone needs a B.S.N. Just feel nursing students need more time/ more education to prepare for the real world. They have to hit the ground running.
I can't imagine a PHD at the bedside day after day unless Heath Care changes enough so nurses have the time and support to really take care and teach patients and families.
I do have hope (dreams?) that nurses who go on with their education will also be better prepared to advocate for nurses and patients.
Thanks for the "food for thought" Diana!