Thank you for posting, and making me realize that I need to clarify something.
Although I said many things, I didnt
say that taking all of those courses makes me a better nurse than somone who hasn't. but, It has definately made me a better nurse than I would have been otherwise. I look at things much differently because I have a wider knowledge base to draw from. Im not comparing rather a BSN is greater than a ADN in the nursing field. I AM comparing the type of nurse "I would have been", compared to all that I have learned (and CAN apply) to nursing now.
The point of my original post was not that one is a better nurse than the other. It was that education is just not seen as an important addition to the professsion by many. We complain about working conditions, salaries, and benefits, yet we seem resistant to requiring a 4-year, or even BSN-bridge.
I would ask many to look at the progression of programs. An LPN program is 2 semesters, an ADN program is 4 semesters, and a BSN is 8. There is only 2 semesters between an LPN and an ADN, but there is 4 semesters between an ADN and a BSN. I just dont understand how we can complain about "not being treated as professionals" when we do not even encourage a professional education.
Instead of people here respecting the fact that many have had twice the education, BSN nurses are told "wow, you wasted two years and you didnt learn anything valuable". Not all other nurses are like this, and like Nurs4kids, ARE encouraging. I find this very frustrating. Do I expect the nurses on the floor to bow down to me because I have a BSN? HELL NO! But I atleast will not allow my extra two years to be dismissed as useless unapplicable knowledge
I CAN apply it, and DO
It is worth the effort. and no, I do NOT believe that my education outweighs other nurses hands-on experience. I just want to know why education is not held in high regard within the nursing field.