ok you younger nurses, just do it......i do not need it, to make more money or get a job, as a diploma prepared nurse of almost 41 yrs. i have been HN, mjr teaching hosp, director of ER etc......
i am doing it for professional growth, even at 64 yrs. of age.
However I truly feel in the near future the BSN will be the entry level of nursing. I feel that with three current entry levels of nursing at present, diploma, Asn, And BSN, is one of the contributing roadblocks into nursing being accepted as equal partner in health care delivery. I did not always feel this way, I was a little arrogant in that I could far out preform new BSNgraduates in a teaching hosp CCU, right out of nursing school
.........that required almost 40years experience to change my mind, will i acquire new critical thinking skills etc....i doubt it, but I will end my career with the level of prepareness of the time. i can not ignore the literature and studies any longer. it is still going to take new BSN some one yr+ experience, as it always has, compared to diploma and ASN prepared nurses, but the profession will have more growth, and "worth" in the future.