Quote from sowelu88
Why NOW do we need to degree up? ... because a study says so...
Why now? They have been trying to make the nursing entry level B.S.N for years, and it is not degreeing up as you say. Every other health profession has an ENTRY LEVEL, examples: PT~ doctorate and OT~ at least Masters, so why shouldn't Nursing??? Oh right the "Nursing Shortage", here is my opinion on that....There is only a nursing shortage at hospitals where no one wants to work, whether it be from salary not being good enough, mandatory OT, nurse pt ratio being ridiculous....but try applying to big hospitals that have a good reputation, there is a waiting list to even apply!
I think that people in our world today don't think of nurses as professionals, especially when they portray us on T.V. like we are incompetent puppy dogs who follow and do everything the Dr. says. So I think as a profession we should unite and make it mandatory to require a B.S.N, just like other health professions. How does it make nurses look that we take anyone from Diploma to Doctorate degrees? (Not saying that one is better than the other, I just think there should be a set ENTRY LEVEL for Nurses.)
Quote from ChristineN
Yes, BSN grads have a more liberal arts education, but is that really going to help them on the floor right out of school?
It makes a more well rounded person and nurse to have the extra liberal arts classes. And yes, you will use some of that knowledge on the floor. I remember taking Sociology of the Family, Child Psych and all different classes that related to people and society. These things are vital when taking care of different people and cultures.