Quote from pro-student
Sometime it's just the cost of doing business. When you're a manager, you might have some say in hiring nurses without a BSN but to get there, you have to play by the rules. Maybe it is all just fluff or maybe those who actually have a BSN are in a better position to evaluate that. Maybe it has nothing to do with academics and is just an indicator of commitment to the profession and continuing your nursing education.
I will point out, since it's "everything you want" that people without BSNs get and work shifts, teach ACLS, teach CNAs, and, yes, even precept new RNs. It's not impossible. Only you can make the decision about what trade offs you're willing to make (e.g. - relocate to an area where you can accomplishing your goal sans BSN or return to school...again). Best of luck!
Granted, there are certainly some goals in nursing that cannot be done without a BSN. It is unlikely that one would become a nursing manager (supervisor, maybe, but not a manager), without a BSN. And you can't get an MSN without a BSN, so teaching at a college would be out. As for a BSN being fluff, I never said that.
But as for commitment to the profession, I don't buy that. Because if we measure commitment to the profession by any other yardstick than competence, compassion, and work ethic, then we are fooling ourselves. An RN is an associate degree position. Actually, it's not even that. It's a diploma-level position, but there are very few diploma schools
anymore, so not too many diploma nurses are still around.
A BSN has never been necessary--never. It's kind of a red herring. In truth, and I can say this because I have a bachelors in Liberal Arts with a concentration in psychology, and because I have three associate degrees besides that, I can tell you for a fact, having gone through nursing school
that it legitimately should be a master's program. No associate degree in the universe compares with trying to get a nursing associate degree. It should be, if it were honest, that people need a bachelor's to get into nursing school, and then the two years of nursing school would be a master's degree.
But if they did that--we'd have no registered nurses, or not enough of them, that's for sure.
So, I personally think the BSN is a waste of time. But, the nursing industry does not think that, or operate that way, so what I personally think is not that important. But I won't listen to this idea that a BSN represents a more professional nurse. An RN license makes a professional nurse. It doesn't even matter what the ANA thinks, or what colleges try to sell, all that matters is what a state board of nursing thinks, and that only matters if you live in that state. So, what Louisiana thinks about nursing is all I care about.
As for initials. I have every right to write my name with R.N., B.sc. I don't, because it's kind of rube-ish to put bachelor's degree initials after a name, but I could. When nurses put BSN after their RN, in my opinion, it does the "profession" a disservice because it implies a greater capability as a nurse, but it only means a greater capability in non-nursing functions.
But these are just my personal opinions, and I know they don't mean anything beyond that, but I have this keyboard, and we are having this conversation, so I thought I would type it out. I don't mean any offense.