I watched many nurses give testimoney before the Pa House Subcomitte on Health on the Pennsylvania Cable Network channel tonight. There were a lot of different subjects discussed and most of the people testifying had a lot of letters behind their names. The letters are fine but I wished they would include a few people who had recently had blood on their shoes and vomit on their uniforms. Anyway, I had no problem with what any of them were saying not even the stuff about one level of entry. No problem until a representative of the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing gave testimony. I am ADN nurse and when she got done talking about us and our programs I felt like an ape in a uniform. Tell me did anyone else see it. How did her talk strike you? What did you make about those remarks about ADN programs being responsible for the drop in registration in BSN programs. Or laying the fault for the average age of a nurse being about 45 at the door of the ADN program. I do not think there is a shred of evidence for any such thing. Do you know what this woman wants? She wants all nursing students to be 18 to 22 years old and from comfortably middle class predominately white families. Why do I say that? Well she out and out made the remark about 18 to 22 year olds and if they all must go to 4 year programs(which will likely turn into 5 years) they are going to need families with money. She actually spoke as if a nurse being age 33 on graduation was a tragedy.
( That is how old I was when I graduated. ) I will tell you her name because I think that anyone who gives testimony on public television can be mentioned in public. It was Lynette Jack. When this woman was done testifying I felt physically sick, denigrated, disparaged and defamed. Talk about lateral violence.
Aug 14, '01
To Nebby Nurse : There were 14 new grads who started working together at my first job. 10 of us were from an ADN program and the other 4 were from a BSN program. This was back in the "Old Days" when you could only take boards twice a year and it was a 5 part, 2 day test. Throughout the first few weeks all we heard about was how superior the BSN grads were (from the BSN grads), they were the "real nurses" and we were just cheap imitations. Well we all took the test together and you should know where this is going. All 10 of us inferior nurses passed our boards. Only 1 of the BSN grads passed. I wonder, after > 20 years of critical care and emergency nursing do you really think a BSN nurse should make more the me just because she has a couple extra letters after her name?
To Oramar: I wouldn't worry too much about a BSN requirement being phased in. They've been saying the same thing for the last 20 years. We can't get enough people interested in our profession as it is, I don't think anyone wants to make it harder that it already is.
Last edit by debbyed on Aug 15, '01