What the profession of nursing really needs, is to pull itself together, and standardize. Look at the teachers, they have set standards for education, ceritifications, pay etc....they got it together for the most part, and are benefitting. I have a non-nursing 4 year degree, a two year associates degree from St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing, I am nationally certified by ANCC, have nine years experience in cardiology(critical care, telemetry, cardio lab)....so what???? So, some fool comes along and says, "well you don't have a BSN, so you don't rate"....yadda yadda
Does it make me any less worthy? Alot of you are probably getting pretty defensive right now about your BSN's. I'm not putting them down. But at 37 years old with two college degrees, a 3 year old and a one year old, do I still need to go back to college for the 3rd, and possibly a FOURTH for a master's degree, before other nurses only look at "the papers" and consider me worthy? I think you get my drift. The point I'm making is, that there are many ways in which we can become nurses, and all are viewed different by ourselves and our institutions. Sometimes for the worse, and sometimes for the better. WE need a license, like lawyers, and doctors, and I SURE don't need to bring up the pay issue.......So maybe a national SOMETHING.. we have alot of national somethings, but bottom lines in the work place don't seem to be changing for the better.