Sorry, but we now have very clear evidence - from very large scale acute care patient outcome studies - that higher percentages of BSN RNs make a significant positive difference in patient care. That is the reason that the IOM made their "recommendation" for 80% BSN RN staff in October, 2010. It's a quality & patient safety issue. Here's a document that provides information. http://www.iom.edu/~/media/Files/Rep...10%20Brief.pdf
I don't believe that these studies have been replicated in non-acute settings, so the recommendation is limited to acute care at this time.
Patient care involves a huge variety of activities. In order to be high quality without sacrificing cost effectiveness, we need to make sure that the 'right' people are doing the 'right' things. It just doesn't make sense to pay more than necessary for any service - which is one of the consequences of just 'raising the bar' on entry into practice. It would be like requiring all employees in a retail store to have an MBA. There is a place for all of us - we can all contribute.
But I do agree - I am also tired of the everlasting conflict over degrees . . . and the disrespect that sometimes crops up in those discussions.
Let's stop this nonsense!! Who's with me?