My question is, why nursing? Do you think it's going to devalue the nursing profession?
2 new for profit schools
just came to my area, there were none as of 2 years ago.
So that means even more grads, causing a bigger glut.
Most of these schools have bad reputations and have multiple lawsuits, and generally lack accreditation.
Do you think people will begin to distrust nurses now that so many aren't even going to "real" colleges?
Why aren't other occupations being targeted like PTA, OTA, respiratory therapy? They are all two year degrees that make decent living. Maybe they are though, just not in my area.
I'm not really talking specifics, just making sweeping generalizations, I'm sure there are profit schools that provide a solid education.
I'm just wondering if anyone thinks this trend will impact nursing, if at all.
Jul 13, '15
It's not just nursing. Online counseling, psychology, social work, and more is available. For any of them, if they are not accredited by that discipline's accrediting body, then those students cannot become certified/licensed in those fields. I encourage STRONGLY that all who venture to this format for ease of study to do their homework and ensure that their prospective programs have the qualifications. CAVEAT EMPTOR.
That is not to say these programs are not decent, many are. But too many people realize too late that they won't be able to get what they expected because they did not do their research.
Last edit by WKShadowRN on Jul 13, '15
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Jul 13, '15
Good discussion, there is a huge proliferation of for-profit schools in the NP realm. My guess is because many of these schools are flexible with little to no entry barriers that many people are drawn to them.
It is peculiar that for-profit and online seem exclusively related to nursing. There is only 1 for profit med school in existence as opposed to dozens of nursing schools.
Even scarier is the rate many beside nurses are leaving and jumping onto the NP bandwagon. As I have said before my ICU has only a handful of nurses with over 5 years experience and the majority of our nurses are in online NP (mostly for-profit) schools.
The problem lies with little to no REAL regulation from the nursing regulatory bodies. The medical community and AMA strictly regulate how many medical schools can form and they have a rigid set of entrance requirements. Nursing does not.
Last edit by Dranger on Jul 13, '15