Quote from Chrissy Chica
Hello everyone. I am new here. Everything I have read suggests the push for higher degrees is due to better patient outcomes. In my area, the tech school ADN graduates have a 95% job placement rate and that was from a very recent study, so the need for ADNs is still there. However, requiring BSNs is a GOOD thing because the higher the barriers to entry become the pay inevitably gets better. Simple economics. So these hospitals requiring this will discover the day when they have to pay higher wages as a result of raising the barriers to entry. Hence, it's a good thing economically for nurses in the long term.
Your statement looks good in paper but the reality is another. The surplus of nursing graduates are pushing the wages down to start with. Second, too many ways to obtain a BSN degree these days, anyone can become one in 15 months with those ABSN programs, no matter if they weren't a science major before. I see a constant surplus of BSN prepared Rn in the future, so wages will be pushed down further. Your wage argument is invalidated by this.
You are new in the forums so you may have not read yet the many threads that cover this subject, but the push is not to improve patient outcomes, is for obtaining magnet status, and to slowly get rid of RN that are on the higher end of the payscale via attrition.
I believe in personal motivation to improve ones education, but i don't like the many excuses they use to push for the BSN, when hospitals have been using non BSN nurses for a long time and this never was an issue before. Now with the surplus of graduates they decide to play this card.
Your area may have a real need for nurses, but many other areas have a high unemployment rate for new grads. So you cant generalize from your limited experience.