" I wonder if this is something that will change with more prestigious and recognizable schools
like Georgetown starting to churn out outline grads?"
As someone who has taken graduate level classes at a private college, I can say without a doubt my classes have been some of the hardest I have ever encountered during this past year. All of my professors are either MDs, PhDs or a mixture of both! I have considered switching from local college program to Georgetown just because of the "name" and the fact that they will take my credits previously earned. Truthfully, clinical placements matter and should be the basis for evaluating an NP and their training. Another factor which has is never accounted for is that most nurses have been nurses for awhile. I am an ER nurse, am able to work independently, identify illness quickly and have the critical thinking skills necessary to see "sick" as opposed to "not sick". Perhaps NP programs should require "5" years of nursing experience as opposed to just one based on the lack of clinical experiences and sites provided that match PA schools......perhaps, entry requirements should be stricter and apply to everyone. Perhaps, Nursing should just get it together!
Another factor to be considered should be the school rankings. My ASN was obtained from a top community college whose initial entry of 144 students during my initial year, ended with 52 graduating (some of those 1 time repeaters who did not start with me). My BSN was in an onsite/hybrid program whose graduation rate again was <50% and whose standards were sky high. My current graduate program is at this same institution and had a requirement of 3.5 GPA or higher in addition to the standard requirements.
I don't believe in the C=RN, I don't believe in good enough. The patient deserves nurses of a higher quality who put in the effort required to be good at their jobs, part of this is performing well through "hands on", the "written word", and ability to "find the answer" and to know when the answer is you cannot fix the problem
and the patient must be referred. (A problem with many GP's too!)
Online schools aren't the problem.....lack of standards throughout the system that makes graduating from them is!