I am an ADN graduate of 16 years now, and the opportunities that I have experienced as an ADN have been tremendous! Personally, I still do not see the need to get a BSN. It will NOT make me a better nurse than I already am as an ADN.
I have been far more than simply a "bedside nurse". As a matter of fact, I have never thought of myself in those words.
I have been a Clinical Instructor for CNAs. I have been a Preceptor of nurses irregardless of their degree choice.
Education cannot make one a nurse in and of itself. One must pass the NCLEX to become a licensed nurse. Simply by graduating from a college...two, three, or four year....does not a nurse make. You may have the degree, but without the license, you are simply a college graduate with hopes of working as a nurse one day once boards are passed.
I'm all for people pursuing education. I'm also all for people pursuing the educational path of their choice whether it be two, three, or four years.
With every job comes opportunities to advance. When and if one cares to do so, that is when they should research what it will take to have that particular advancement on their job. If more schooling is the case, then go for more schooling. If certification is the case, go for the certification, and so forth.
In the summer of 1987 when I stood in a line of about a thousand nurses waiting to take my two full days of handwritten exams to become the nurse I wanted to be, a few graduates of a four year program approached myself and a few others standing in line and had the gall to ask "Which line is for the BSNs?" I told them to go to the line that was forming at the top of the hill and that would be the line for the BSNs.
After they walked ahead of us, we all started laughing our azzes off because they were stupid enough to bite that bullet and believe it!
Many BSNs think that just because they went to school for four years....the first two years are mostly college required non nursing classes anyway.........that entitles them to special privileges.
When I precepted BSN students as an ADN graduate, they were the hardest to precept because they did not know how to do the "bedside stuff" you referred to. I still see many of the BSN graduates coming into the hospital with the mentality that they are "above" bedside nursing" and must simply "NOT stop there!"
How sad, but true! We cannot ALL be Chiefs! There aren't enough "in charge" positions to have for all the four year nursing graduates to own.
A student must ask themselves this question when considering nursing:
Do I have what it takes to care for sick and dying people in a healthcare setting? Am I afraid of the hands-on care that I will have to give? Are bedpans, baths, vital signs, making beds, and helping to feed complete patients "beneath me?"
If management is what a nurse wants, then pursue that. The ony reason I am considering advancing the educational level I have is because I hope to own and operate my own hospital one day.........a hospital for nurses by nurses. I would not hire any nurse who thinks she or he is above elbow deep shick when it comes to caring for the patients. I will also alleviate the painful multiple paperwork that many of the BSN graduates create for nurses in the first place because all they have on their minds is having something that "stands them out among the rest" as nurses.
I have worked, and work with now, some really great nurses. But not because of the degree they chose
to obtain, but because they are just great nurses who passed the boards because they learned how to apply what they learned while training to become an excellent clinical nurse!
No place is wrong to start. As a matter of fact, I think I'll only hire diploma and adn grads who worked as diploma and adn grads awhile before furthering their education. Why? I liken it to being in the military. The best Officers are the ones who first served as Enlisted Noncommissioned Officers. Sometimes nurses who graduated from a four year degree think that entitles them to "a special place" over and above the other nurses they work with.
Encourage and support one's choice of education. Let them decide how much they want or need. Just be supportive. That's all!
Okay........vented.......now flame me if you desire....I take more heat where I work than I could ever receive from being in cyberspace. :chuckle :roll :chuckle