MANY nursing leaders are advocating for the BSN degree. But they're only leaders if we follow ...
Back to accreditation ... I read a report from the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions which observed that accreditors often have "other agendas that have little to do with quality" (United States, p.3). The report cites examples of how accreditors have instructed a college to construct a new building (p.15), use a different logo, manage an athletic program differently, or even change the institutional mission statement (19). Political correctness, not professional competence, is often a concern of accrediting organizations.
I thank God I am going to be (I hope) a Registered Nurse, and not an Accredited Nurse!
Good luck to all of you applying to nursing schools, and making some difficult decisions in the process. I know our nursing leadership has had to make some difficult decisions, too. I'd like to share something from Lillian Antoinette "Toni" Bargagliotti, DNSc, RN, who wrote Chapter 2 in my nursing trends book (Cherry & Jacob, pp. 28-46). She is president of the National League for Nursing (NLN), which has no official position in the BSN v. ADN debate. I cut & pasted this from her job interview for Dean of the College of Nursing from University of Missouri, St. Louis (As quoted in Hackbarth, 2006):
Jessica Suhl, senior, nursing, asked, in terms of hiring faculty,
was an instructor with a Ph.D. or one with a master's degree
with 10 years experience more important?
"We need to the hire the kind of people to do the kind of job we
need to do," Bargagliotti said.
For me, I needed to find the kind of nursing program that will help me learn how to do the kind of job *I* need to do. For me, that was an ADN program, because I believe that sound nursing theory / research / policy / teaching / ethics / accreditation / etc. ALL OF IT, must absolutely be based on sound, evidence-based clinical practice.
Check this out: http://www.nlnac.org/About%20NLNAC/pass_rates.htm
Cherry, B., & Jacob, S.R. (2005). Contemporary nursing: Issues, trends & management. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby.
Hackbarth, P. (2006, March ). Nursing program searches for dean. Accessed October 30, 2006 from http://www.thecurrentonline.com/medi...rentonline.com
United States. Cong. Senate. Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Higher Education Accreditation: How Can the System Better Ensure Quality and Accountability?. 108th Cong., 2nd sess. Washington: GPO, 2004. (Please note: This is MLA style, I think, not APA. A diversity of styles can reflect the same meaning and provide the same value to the client. There is no "right" style here; different professionals have different points of view. I'm trying to find mine.)