I don't see nurses suffering from a lack of knowledge.
I do see the profession being less respected or taken less seriously due to our collective inability to get our poop in a group and require ONE degree for entry into practice as an RN. Perhaps others do not perceive us as the professionals we are because the "BSN is going to be required" conversation has been going on for my entire adult life. You'd never see a physician, attorney, architect, or veterinarian having to explain whether how many years of education he/she had or what kind of degree.
I think it would be great if nurse practitioners could start with just getting the title uniform
across states. (APRN? APN? FNP? ANP?) It would also be wonderful if the practice parameters were uniform - everyone would know who we are, how we were educated, and what we can do.