BSN RN & Certifications not allowed on my badge: I am outraged! - page 4

After much hard work, dedication, and sacrifice I obtained my BSN RN in 2004. Today I walked out of an orientation at a major Raleigh, NC hospital because I was told why I asked why RN's could not... Read More

  1. by   GilaRRT
    Simba2241, I think we get it, having initials after your name is a deal breaker. For others, it is simply not important. I love to show my stuff off; however, I have found in the big bad world, most people respect the person behind the titles and not the titles themselves. I found this to be especially true when I worked overseas where my big bad awe inspiring credentials of CEN, CFRN, and CCEMTP did not amount to anything in the eyes of my peers. I had to work hard and gain respect the good old fashioned way. Credentials are more a matter of personal pride with me. Not everybody thinks like you, and that is ok.

    Good luck.
  2. by   ohmeowzer RN
    yes i read that a few times, i've seen it before. it still makes no difference to me. i'm a RN and thats what i am. if some people like all that on their badge , then more power to them. just let me do my job correctly, help my patients and pay me . ..... after 25 years , it just seems like alot of fluff . ... if you want BSN on your badge , then by all means get a job where you can have it on. in the long run you wipe bums and push meds just like every other RN. you get paid the same, according to years worked and the assigments are all equal.

    the only reason i get paid more money is not because i am a BSN , it's because i've been a nurse a long time.
  3. by   Simba2241
    There is and has NEVER been a "hard road of employment for me" As a matter of fact my road of employment has been extremely well paved. I have had great opportunites and chosen for many special projects that I earned competed very heavily for. Was I to continue with an oprganization even though I DO NOT believe in their way of doing things?? I have too much integrity and honesty! It would have been awful for me to continue with orientation knowing that I resent their way of nurse recognition. As for employers....my destiny has already been carved out by God......it is up to me to listen to the inner voice (we all have the inner voice) and to know that faith will keep you long before any employer! Let me add....my professors taught us that there will be many in nursing who will try to convince you that you "must stay in a job you dislike for the good of nursing becasue they are afraid to take a chance"......How many of you on this site have remained in a position you did not care for?
  4. by   roser13
    My first day on the job, as an forty-year-old new grad ADN, I actually heard a fellow new grad, BSN cute blonde, ask how many cc's of insulin she should administer.

    I realized that day that there is no discernable difference between myself (and my lowly ADN degree) and the BSN.
  5. by   PacoUSA
    Simba2241,

    Don't you think the time you're spending on this message board recanting your points is best redirected towards that MSN/MBA you now desire?

    :rckn:
  6. by   Simba2241
    Kaiser pays $2.00 more per hour for BSN.. organizations are now realizing and many are coming aboard differentiating pay according to credentials degree. I have no prblem with "wiping buns and pushing meds" I began my career as a CNA and and it was a nurse who motivated me to "reach for the sky" Sorry you feel you are just a RN who gives meds and does perineal care.......WE ARE NURSES! WE ARE SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT! The American Nurse Credentialing Center is in the process of establhing guidelines for Magnet status among hospitals......NURSING IS EVOLVING!
  7. by   GilaRRT
    Quote from Simba2241
    ...How many of you on this site have remained in a position you did not care for?
    Probably a fair number of us. Sometimes the need to pay the rent and put food on the table is more important than a wonderful work experience. This is yet another cold hard fact of life. Again, not everybody thinks like you or has the same motivations or ideals. Again, that is ok. Your stance is clear; however, no need to be surprised or angry at those of us who do not share your stance.
  8. by   Simba2241
    Not at all.......I am enjoying expressing my views....perhaps I am on the way to establishing a great thesis for my Masters....perhaps I will research this very topic...perhaps I may decide to do a longitudal study.....I never stop learning and just because we do not agree does not mean that we can not share.....lol! This is a learning experience and thank you very much....I appreciate your candor touched with sarcasm...nonethelss I appreciate it and it motivates me even harder.
  9. by   roser13
    "Does anyone here read???"

    No, all us ADNs are illiterate.

    That's how we passed the same State Boards as the literate BSNs.
  10. by   ohmeowzer RN
    Quote from Simba2241
    There is and has NEVER been a "hard road of employment for me" As a matter of fact my road of employment has been extremely well paved. I have had great opportunites and chosen for many special projects that I earned competed very heavily for. Was I to continue with an oprganization even though I DO NOT believe in their way of doing things?? I have too much integrity and honesty! It would have been awful for me to continue with orientation knowing that I resent their way of nurse recognition. As for employers....my destiny has already been carved out by God......it is up to me to listen to the inner voice (we all have the inner voice) and to know that faith will keep you long before any employer! Let me add....my professors taught us that there will be many in nursing who will try to convince you that you "must stay in a job you dislike for the good of nursing becasue they are afraid to take a chance"......How many of you on this site have remained in a position you did not care for?

    how would even know you would not like that job ? you didn't even give them a chance. i think you should find a job that let's you display BSN, if thats what you want. we have all had jobs that we disliked, i don't stay long at jobs i dislike.... i enjoy the patients at any job , i have had to make do and accept things about a job i dislike , but i try to find good in the job. my job now is not perfect, and there are things i dislike about it.... but i go there and make the best of it. life is about give and take.

    if all you require about a job you find is having BSN on your badge , well you should have no trouble finding a job. but nursing is not about the letters you have after your name, it's about the pt care you give . helping a person at their worst moment, thats what it's about... those pt's don't care if you have BSN after your name, they just want to feel better.

    most of them have no idea what BSN is , and co workers sure don't care what you have on your badge.
  11. by   sunray12
    Let me add....my professors taught us that there will be many in nursing who will try to convince you that you "must stay in a job you dislike for the good of nursing becasue they are afraid to take a chance"......How many of you on this site have remained in a position you did not care for?
    I'll be the first to agree with you that you don't have to stay in a job you don't like. Having that professional license means that you have options. On the other hand I can't see leaving a job (and burning a bridge to boot) over the issue you just described. If you were being underpaid, harassed, otherwise discriminated against, or witness to malfeasance on the part of the institution, etc., ... that's one thing. If the badge issue was the only issue - I don't see how that matters.

    I am not a nurse yet, but I have some nice credentials. I've also had a decent career based on those credens. But I have never in my working life flashed them and have no plans to flash my BSN. If its institutional policy to put the degree on the badge, fine - if not - it's not something I would spend a second fighting over.
  12. by   PacoUSA
    Quote from Simba2241
    Not only does it state "Include your credentials on your name badge, if permitted" but the pamphlet makes no inference whatsoever about promoting academic degrees as credentials. It's all about certification in oncology nursing. But I have already stated in a prior post that credentials (i.e., certifications) should be OK on badges as long as they are appropriate for the specialty one is working in.
  13. by   Reno1978
    Quote from Simba2241
    Do you read? That document says, "Include your credentials on your name badge, if permitted"

    I not only read, but I comprehend, and although this document advises you to wear your credential, it lists multiple ways in which you may accomplish this. There are alternatives to presenting your credentials if your employer will not do it for you on your name badge, such as wearing a credential pin.

    Personally, while I appreciate that my employer allows us to include academic degree and credential achievements on our name badges, I'm much more concerned with providing excellent care to my patients than I am making sure that everyone understands how hard my struggle was to get where I am today.

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