Quote from Owlgal
Can I ask, though, how we know that these online programs will admit "anyone who can pay"? See, to me that is an aspersion that cannot be readily supported. Aren't these programs sufficient enough so that their graduates pass boards? -- Or are we saying that boards aren't enough?
I see questions on here from new NPs (and I don't know whether they went online or B&M for their education) that seem pretty basic questions for an adult professional. Things like what lidocaine percentage to use, salary negotiations, ethics, etc. And then I think, "Holy crap, this person is, what, 25 years old with zero healthcare experience prior to NP school!" -- no wonder physicians are all up in arms about NPs.
I definitely don't think boards are enough, anyone with any book sense and a decent testing ability can pass, but I guess thats the best we have.
Personally I'd rather see a sharp, experienced RN go to lesser respected school than someone with no RN experience go to what is considered an excellent program because there are few "excellent programs", imo. Some of the grads from top schools
in my specialty have been boobs. I recently read a post here where someone claimed to have gone to one of the best nursing schools in the world and laughed like a hyena because if we are expanding US rankings globally I might have also and again it wasn't impressive especially with the lack of admission criteria and lack of clinical experience in professors.
It isn't speculation that several of the for profit schools have rolling admissions and will waive the gpa requirement. I'm sorry but add that to no RN experience and I have zero respect for that or the fact that our profession endorses it. Admission requirements might be similar to board exams not the best but at the very least it is something raising the bar. Imo there is no bar anymore and its embarrassing. The article in another thread about NPs from Texas is a glimmer of what I believe will become well known in the future and its unfortunate.
That said I paid for a decent name because I didn't want attend one of the several we know that are mocked, ego I guess. I'm not sure the actual education would be much different.