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classicdame works as a Hospital Education Coordinator and adjunct nursing.

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well, I do not agree withi the statement that nurses without BSN are rarely advanced.

Nursing is a profession. It meets all the criteria outlined in the article. That is why I cannot conceive of a union representing me. We do a lot of harm, IMHO, by reducing nursing to "tasks".

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voraciousj has 2 years experience and works as a RN.

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I found it insulting that as a "floor nurse" I am a tradesman, nut my ICU counterparts are the "true" professionals.

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Bleh....Who writes these articles? It's written on a 5th grade level with very little insight.

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clemmm78 has 25 years experience.

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I don't think she's saying anything definite. She's seems to be trying to present both sides of the argument.

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wooh works as a RN & Critter Mama.

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It was written by someone with a "passion for teaching the public about what nurses do" or some other such garbage. In one fell swoop, she managed to divide nurses into about 30 different little bits. There's the superprofessional BSN RNs working in the unit. Next to the very unprofessional tradesman RN with an associates working on the floor. But sometimes we lose our professionalism, and even though we used to be a professional working in an ICU, we'll move and have to demean ourselves working on a floor.

I've had a run on GI patients lately. But that article was the biggest pile of poop I've seen in a long time.

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TDCHIM works as a Full-time student in Healthcare Information Manage.

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I don't have a personal stake in this argument, but I have to say I consider the article's ending to be a cop-out. Of course each person, regardless of his or her job, can behave professionally in the commission of that job. Ditch diggers can behave professionally and brain surgeons can behave unprofessionally. However, even if all ditch diggers behave with complete professionalism, that still doesn't make ditch-digging a profession.

If you're going to write an opinion piece about whether nursing (either in part or as a whole) is a profession or a trade, I'm not sure using a treacly bromide is a terribly effective substitution for an actual position on the question. Nor (in my opinion) does it seem very fair to the readers who slogged through three pages to read your specific solution to/position on that debate.

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AgentBeast has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Registered Nurse.

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The entire article read like an exercise in semantics.

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red2003xlt has 2 years experience and works as a Licensed Practical Nurse in a Psychiatric Hospital.

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I've had a run on GI patients lately. But that article was the biggest pile of poop I've seen in a long time.

:yeah::yeah::yeah:

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lwndrgn has 3 years experience.

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I liked the article because nursing is a very flexible career (which is why I chose it). There are several levels and many different aspects of the job and at any given moment one nurse could be both a white collar and blue collar worker. This is the best career for the ambitious and not so ambitious, the rugged and the polished, the republicans and the democrats, the movers and shakers and the hard worker bees. This career field is undefinable and uncomparable to most other fields. It is the best!!!!!

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diamondmeadows has 8 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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RNs are being phased out? That sounds a little ridiculous to me.

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RNs are being phased out? That sounds a little ridiculous to me.

That is ridiculous. Fortunately, it's not what the article said.

The article said that in some settings RNs are being phased out, and this is true, but in only a couple of settings. MD offices come to mind.

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