However, I don't think it's a conspiracy. I think it's just routine, shooting-yourself-in-the-foot, nursing behavior.
One of the tasks of a professional nursing organization (in this case, the NLN) is to protect access to the profession, that is, to delineate who and how people become nurses. The doors have been flung wide open in the name of the nursing shortage.
Pretty soon, the main requirement for nursing school entrance will be LACK of PEA (pulseless electrical activity).
Every fiber of my being deplores the idea that you can "make a registered nurse" by taking a well intentioned LPN, Nurse aide, paramedic, military medic and "sprinkle" on a little extra book learning.
I think a Registered Nurse is a separate body of knowledge, both broad and deep, that requires a solid foundation of knowledge (preferably that associated with the BSN) with specialized courses of education in the presence and company of other nurses. Because it is knowledge PLUS enculturization PLUS skills, it takes exposure to the situations in a protected environment under the direct supervision of a clinical nursing instructor. Nursing is not a see-one, do-one, teach-one endeavor.
I think 1 + 1 programs and internet programs FOR THE ADN CREDENTIAL are serious dilutions of this concept. I support the notion of BSN completion via the internet, though I am awed by what I got by doing it through a flexible, university based BSN completion program.
For those of you who are out there doing clinical nursing who have come from these beginnings, God Bless You. It would be my contention that profession of nursing failed to represent YOUR best interests when they approved your educational TRAINING program and you are a victim of this broken system.
Now, I will sit back to be called a snob and an elitist. Probably guilty.