Magnet Leadership Degree Dilemma - page 2

by katmeup7

I am an RN with an ASN degree who has worked for the same hospital for 20 years. In 2003 I was promoted to a clinical leadership position that required a BSN or a Bachelor's in a related field. I chose the related field and got... Read More


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    Quote from pforte

    I was a CNS long before we had certification exams (the 1970s) -- so that educational preparation "doesn't count" any more.

    --paula forte, RN, MSN, PhD, NEA-BC, CWCN
    Hi, Paula.

    I was also a CNS before there were certification exams. I had a MSN (in 1981) and experience in my field. That made me qualified to be a CNS. But eventually, each specialty, each state, and each school started to establish a hodge-podge of requirements to use the CNS title. It became a mess and I decided not to play along. I got my PhD and managed to find work -- eventually taking the certification exam for Nursing Professional Development. Heaven only knows what hoops I will have to jump through in the next (and last) 10 years of my career.

    It's nice to meet you. You might find some of our CNS threads interesting and want to check them out.
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    If they will pay for it, and you like your job, I would just go back and get the BSN. You can do it totally on line in a few semesters, probably even sooner for you since some of you previous bachelor's courses might count.
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    Here's an update:

    I finally addressed this issue with my boss. I presented him with the reasons why I felt my job description wasn't appropriate and why 'clinical manager' wasn't an accurate moniker for what I do. He point blank asked me what the real reason I wanted to change my job title was, so I advised him that the education piece to satisfy Magnet was the bottom line, and the fact that I don't even report to Nursing seemed incongruous with the expectation.

    He immediately agreed with me. I told him I'd write my new job description and suggested a new title that doesn't involve the word 'clinical or nurse' in it. He's 100% behind me, and I am 100% relieved. I've run it past HR and they have helped me as well. I'll probably go with something like "practice administrator."

    By this move, it shows me that my boss values my experience, track record, and unique contribution to our hospital and community. I suspect he also recognizes that as a 60 yr old employee, it's not in my best interest to add the stress of more school to my already overburdened plate.

    I waited patiently until the timing was right to address this, and it worked!
    lostNneuro likes this.


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