Quote from jpollyg
More education for nurses is a good thing! This proposal will eventually be the entry level into the nursing profession. Most nurse I know want to learn more and more about patient care and nursing, be it through formal education or on the job training. Several posters in many different forms have the wrong interpertaion of what "grandfathering" in a profession involves. Stated simpley, it means that you maintain the title/licensure you have earned and are NOT required to obtain additional eduacation-or-testing. The proposal was originally introduced in the 1970's as the "1985" proposal that stated anyone entering the nursing profession in the year 1985 must earn a BSN within 10 years of graduation. Old timers, like myself, would be "grandfathered" in as an RN, which I earned and passed the NCLEX. My title would never be taken from me, and further educational requirements do not apply. If I were starting school tomorrow, and the proposal were in effect than I would be bound to the new regulations set forth by legislature and the NJ Board of Nursing. It is hard to go back to school! BUT where there is a will there is a way. I did it 20 years ago, working 2 part-time jobs and raising a family. My children saw my struggle and learned a valuable lesson from my strife. They learned that no matter the cost, an eduaction pays you back 10 fold and opens your minds to opportunity. Try to look at this resolution as the opportunity to improve yourself, add to your education and thought process. Self satisfaction and professional enhancement will abound.
This idea started in 1965. 43 yrs later, and we are no closer to minimum entry.
Nobody misunderstands what a 'grandfather' clause is - but many doubt its effectiveness.
Suppose BSN became the standard, with a grandfather. With every passing year, there would be fewer and fewer ADNs and Diplomas that hold the title, RN. At what point can the BSNs, that now represent 60%, 65%, 70%, 75% of RNs end the grandfather and deny status to ADNs?
Here's the thing. The 1965 call by the ANA to move to BSN included an insult: that ADNs were mere 'technical' nurses, as opposed to professional ones. Until the ANA retracts that insult, this issue is a dead issue.
There will be no minimum 'entry to practice' until all stakeholders are brought to the table. We'll "grandfather" your concerns is not the same as taking them into account.
I'm not saying that BSN isn't a good idea. I'm saying that it will never occur on the back of an insult and a promise of a grandfather. The 2 contradict each other. So long as the insult stands, why should I believe the grandfather clause?
There you go. 43 yrs from NOW, we will STILL be debating entry to practice UNLESS all parties are brought to the table and included.
And no State legislature is going out on a limb on BSN standard again. ND was a disaster. It proved that no State can be an island in this matter. If nursing wants BSN, we'll have to do it ourselves. That COULD happen, but again, not until we decide, as a group, to bring all stakeholders to the table and, for starters, retract the ANA insult.