Nursing 50 Years Back and Today: How the Nursing Field has changed over the last 50 Y

  1. I think this is the best place to get input on the topic. Nursing 50 Years Back and Today: How the Nursing Field has changed over the last 50 Years, Julie Blanche one of the known nurses wrote this great piece and I couldn't resist sharing it with every other nurse and get their inputs
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  3. by   mae40
    Great article. Thanks for posting.
  4. by   classicdame
    my grandmother was a nurse. She was not allowed to wear a stethescope because, as everyone knows, only a doctor can use them.
  5. by   Teresag_CNS
    I think it's a poorly-researched article that greatly oversimplifies a number of nursing issues. For example:

    1."Women in nursing face no glass ceiling and few limitations on where their education can take them. They’ve come a long way when it comes to nursing but not quite so long as men in this field. There was a time when men were simply not nurses. Those days have long gone and though women still outnumber men in nursing there are many male nurses who earn great salaries and excel in the field."

    The days of men not entering nursing are far from "long gone." And if there's no glass ceiling, why have men "gone longer" than women? The writer contradicts him/herself, and provides no facts to back up these statements.

    2. List of ways to get "further education":
    "In addition to the various types of nursing fields to pursue there are different nursing positions that can be obtained by further education as a nurse.

    • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
    • Associate’s Degree Registered Nurse (ADRN or ADN)
    • Bachelor of Science Degree Registered Nurse (BSRN or BSN)
    • Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN)
    • Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA)
    • Nurse Practitioners (NP)
    • Nurse Midwives (CNM)"

    The list fails to include clinical nurse specialists and every doctoral degree nurses earn! But suggests LPNs and AD nurses have "further education." Huh?

    Something tells me this was not written by a nurse.
  6. by   P_RN
    Bonk!!!!! glass ceiling still there Im afraid.
  7. by   DeLana_RN
    how can you compare salaries without taking inflation into account?* (location was also not mentioned, but perhaps salaries did not vary as much across the country as they do today.)

    if a nurse made $5,200/year in 1966, that's the same as 34,785 today. not such an overwhelming gain. (at our local hospital, new grads start at 18.30/hr, which is 34,258/yr based on a 36-hr week. this starting pay has not changed in 12+ years, considering inflation). i don't think we can be very proud of that "improvement" (the author did not mention if the quoted salary was starting pay; in any case, i'm not that impressed, especially if you consider how much more responsibility and higher acuity pt loads nurses have today).

    the other nursing salary quoted - $2,100 in 1946 - is the same as 23,341 today. so yes, there was a significant increase in the 20 years from 1946-1966, but certainly not in the 44 years from 1966-2010!


    *it's very easy to do, just use this inflation calculator.