Degree over Experience?

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LibraSunCNM, MSN

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On 8/4/2022 at 11:35 AM, BostonFNP said:

I've never understood why, in nursing, education and experience get thought of/discussed as mutually exclusive things. It's frustrating to see experienced nurses with less formal education belittle less experience nurses with more formal education and vise versa. Experience means little without knowledge and knowledge means little without experience. 

In working with APN students over my career (of varying levels of education and experience) I can very comfortably say that there are people on both sides of the experience and education ends that are fantastic and downright scary.

Agree 100%, Boston.  This has been discussed ad nauseam here but the anti-intellectualism streak in nursing/on AN is disheartening.  It's not a binary thing, both are important.