Quote from vislandnurse
Sorry, can't agree with your statement that the requirement for degree preparation now implies that the quality of care provided by most diploma prepared nurses is inferior. It just means that with the increasing acuity and technology facing nurses today requires increased levels of critical thinking, which is especially critical for those beginning practice that do not have the experience. Being degree prepared cannot make up for the years of experience that the diploma prepared nurses have gained.
In response to your statement that faculty need the continued enrollment of students into degreed programs to pay their salaries, I say rediculous! Not sure what the waitlists to get into nursing programs are like where you live, but faculty have no worries here about filling nursing seats for the next several years!
And job security for degreed nurses? Don't think too many nurses need to worry about losing their jobs right about now - I heard there was a nursing shortage.
I guess maybe you've missed the points I wanted to make. I know technnology is increasing the demands on nurses. But diploma nurses are out there everyday working with the technology while the degree nurse are still in school practicing their APA format, to name one example. How that creates a better floor nurse eludes me. I'm told degreed nurses are better prepared for roles as, say, public nurses or nurse managers. But will we all perform these roles? No. Most of us will be floor nurses. And for that role, I continue to believe a diploma based education is most efficient and effective.
To the fact that faculty needs continued high enrollments, recall the lean years of the early 90s. Nurses leaving the field in droves, part time work at barely above minimum wage. Schools were starving for students, and one professor I spoke to recently related that one regional university was considering dropping its degree program entirely. How times change. If waitlists were today as they were then, my faculty would be significantly smaller than it is now. And I am quite sure the members of the faculty have no desire to see those days return. Someone has to pay their salaries. That's where students enter.
Lastly, if degreed nurses and diploma nurses have the same right to call themselves RN, why the restriction in favour of degreed nurses? My class is filled with people who would rather have gone to college, but because of the restrictions in place, chose university. I suspect others feel the same way, else this question would not be bandied about quite so much.
Final thought: There is no nursing shortage. There is a shortage of political will to spend money on the health care network to hire nurses. Governments and their policies come and go.