ON the many different threads with regards to this topic, one area that I very rarely seen discussed is the "forces" outside of Nursing that benefit from the current melange of entry level education standards. From politicians, administrators,insurance companies, and MDs and educators running various educational institutions all benefit financially (in their opinion) from this division. They often do work behind the scenes to foster this division. And yes this division does result in large amounts of hrizontal violence within the profession.
As to when the generations old ANA's position that a BSN degree be the standard for entry into Nursing pravtise, it will probably be generations in the future. Until Nurses decide that it is their profession, and not listen to outside forces, and realize that the Profession as a whole will benefit from this standard it won't happen.
As to those who educate in the various program levels they should not be teaching that one system prepares better nurses than another but what is best for the future of the Nursing profession. The future of nursing will evolve in ways that many of us would not predict, just as those who started their carrers and were educated in the 1950/60 would not have envisioned todays routine of nursing, nor the scientific knowledge base that is required today. One prediction, that hospital based nursing will continue to decline as the major employers
of RN's. Today almost 50% of current Nurses are not employed in hospital settings. Why are we arguing that one level of educational preparation
makes a better bedside nurse than another when so much of current and probably future Nursing will not be hospital and bedside based. The educational standard should be that which prepares Nurses best for all the vast opportunities that Nursing provides.
Nursing is a profession that requires a committment to lifelong learning and education in both Nursing and in related fields. The broadest educational bachground and preparation should be the entry standard.