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 a BA in Human Development which was actually more applicable to the work I am doing than a BSN curriculum. Our hospital obtained Magnet status in 2006.
I received a second promotion in 2006 to a clinical leadership position which included administrative duties which I have held ever since, and graduated with my BA in 2007. The current position required that I have a BSN by 2011 and that no nursing leader without a BSN will practice after 2013. Since I was just finishing a degree which required a great deal of time, energy and money, I verbally advised the HR representative involved in the promotion and my director at the time (now gone) that there was no way I was turning around and going back to school again after just finishing up a bachelor's just because they were now wanting to look good on paper for Magnet and because they changed the rules midstream. Nonetheless, I signed a paper stating that I understood I was required to obtain a BSN for the position by 2013; the HR rep said, "Sign it. Who knows what the rules will be by then!"
Now, every year, I'm asked what my "plan" is for their Magnet report. I am one of only 4 or 5 people left in the entire organization without a BSN in a leadership position. I should mention I am not in an acute care setting. I am in a unique area in an outpatient setting. My BA is very relevant to this area and I am 60 years old. I would like to keep my job for the next 5 years and finish out my career, but this whole BSN dilemma is really beginning to make me think it may not happen. I am not willing to go back to school at this point.
I've considered asking for a new title that doesn't involve "clinical" leadership. Other than that, I have no idea how to deal with this. Any thoughts?