Sorry. Not sure how to word the subject. My institution is moving in the direction to obtain magnet status (or so we're told). Part of this pathway is pay for performance type of raises. I'm not against that. I hate it when those that do the bare minimum get exactly the same as those that go far above and beyond. My institution also offers a carrier ladder or lump sum bonus dependent on many factors (education, tenure, years in same department, CE earned, extra curricular volunteering, providing education in the form of in-service to staff, certifications, etc.). Now, we are being told that we will be capped dependent on education level (a diploma or ADN cannot go as far as a BSN who cannot go as far as MSN... Etc.). We are also being told that we will be highly encouraged to continue with our education. Eventually salary caps will be education dependent. I am not against furthering ones education. But I also have mixed feelings about being forced to do so. I guess that many institutions now require a nurse to have a BSN or greater to even gain employment. I have a diploma. I have been thinking about getting my BSN for a while now. This new mandate has me wanting to both go for it finally but also not to, just because I am being told that I need to. You know what. I don't even know if I have a question here. I'm sort of just venting. I'm a damn good circulator. A bachelor won't make me any better. Or will it? What do your institutions ask or require of you education-wise anyway?
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Call the "Wambulance". I, too, at one time thought that I was just as good as any BSN nurse. However, now that I am into the meat of my rn to bsn after 22 years and several starts and stops. I can say this from direct observation: my classes have taught me to think more critically and the public health component has made me a better problem solver at work and to better address the diverse cultural needs of my patients with confidence and competence. Don't diss it. Embrace it. I am 51 with a full plate and feel energized when I think of all of the doors this will open. Anything worth having requires effort, time, and dough!! We all know that Magnet is a marketing tool, however, Magnet Hospitals DO produce better patient outcomes and you gotta love the "evidence based practice". When I was a traveler, I often heard crazy reasoning, I.E. "thats the way we have always done it....." No rationale. So, get un-stuck. You can do it!!!!!!
Last edit by vmariek on Jul 3, '12
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