profjanmc writes: "I have no evidence (research) to support my answer."
ME: That's because there is NO evidence to support the "age-old" myth of what constitutes experience in nursing, just as there is no evidence to support the myth of "what makes a better nurse, an ADN or BSN?"
And if your unsure, just look up the definition of anecdotal evidence
Everyone has a right to find out what area of nursing they want to work in without yesterday's rules being held over their head. And in this day and age, to tell someone they have to go do a year of med-surg before doing what they really want is not only outdated, but probably a good way to continue fueling the nursing shortage.
Do doctors have to practice a year as a GP before going into a specialty? NO. So why should nurses? Of course training has to be in place that consists of more than the "see one, do one, teach one" mentality with REAL internships/preceptorships/etc. that take new graduates and develop their skills for the areas they wish to work.