Why is education not valued within our profession? - page 5

why is education not highly valued within the nursing profession? think about the large scheme of other "professions". education is held in high regard. why is this not the case in nursing? ... Read More

  1. by   thisnurse
    why on earth would you say she has too much time on her hands?
    seems to me that brandi is all encompassed in her career and i dont see anything wrong with her using her spare time like this. just like we do.
    i think it shows dedication, commitment, and a desire to learn. i think she is going to make a great nurse.
    i understand how she feels tho i dont agree with some aspects of the argument. i dont think its the nurses who devalue education...its administration. why? because they can.
    this debate has been ongoing for years. we cant seem to get together to address the basic issues we all face so i doubt we will be able to change the entry level any time soon.
    as it is now the hospitals dont care one way or another what kind of degree you have. and i cant see them wanting to change that.
    if i were brandi id be pissed that they are going to pay me the same or 50 cents more than someone who has less education.
    im not taking experience into consideration here because thats the REAL education. im talking only about two entry level nurses, BSN and ADN.
    right now there are many hospitals that still have nursing schools. i cant see any of them wanting to close them and do away with the diploma nurses.
    brandi has a valid opinion and it was presented in a valid way. i dont think anyone deserves to be shot at for their opinions. i agree...be nice.
  2. by   psnurse

    Not trying to step on toes. Our feet have probably stomped on some of the same earth. Inspite of the whole "War Eagle" thing, I am sure you are an absolutely decent human being. "Roll Tide!!"

    However, I don't think my comparison to engineers is that far off the mark. Engineers take direction from supervisors as well, in the form of project managers or department heads or whatever. The supervisor cares less about the methods employed to achieve the end than the finished product. Just as the physician cares less about nursing methods than the fact that the order was appropriately implemented. The engineer uses her vision to plan the means to achieve the end, just as the nurse plans how to appropriately implement physician orders in a individualized manner. The engineer delegates appropriate technical tasks to the technician, just as the nurse delegates appropriate technical tasks to the CNA. However, I do think nursing has retained more technical tasks than is necessary at times.

    The engineer consults the project manager with problems as they arise, much as nurses consult physicians with problems as they arise.

    The project manager must know enough about engineering and how to achieve the end product as the engineer and the technician. The engineer must know what is necessary for the technician to complete his technical task. The technician over time may pick up the abstract concepts that drive his technical tasks, but that still doesn't make him an engineer.

    The question of if an ADN or BSN makes a better nurse is really moot. I have worked with people from each category that made me think "couldn't you call in sick everyday?" or "Thank God, it's you!" Basically nursing remains a task oriented, technical occupation.

    A key defining feature of a profession is that it develop its own knowledge base. Nursing is in its infancy as a profession. The purpose of knowledge is not to say, "This is how it is", but rather to create the impetus for more knowledge.

    There is a school of thought that nursing has no real knowledge base of its own. That all nursing is based on theory from other professions. Continuing formal education and engaging in academic activities (research) contributes to the existing knowledge base and the viability of the profession.

    So I guess, having a BSN may not bring extra technical skill to the bedside. However, it is anything but a waste of time. MSN may take one away from the bedside, but this is not to the detriment of nursing. On the contrary, more education is intimately tied to the advancement of the profession. This advancement can only benefit nursing for all nurses.

    As a side note, I didn't set out to obtain a BSN originally. I was looking into an ADN program. I already had a year of pre-req's in, and what I found was that either course of study would take me the same length of time. So I figured why not??

    So to assume that I expect bowing and scraping when I walk in the unit would be incorrect. Nor would I say that BSN makes a better bedside nurse. The benefit is in what advanced education can do for the professional as a whole. No Teamsters required.
  3. by   BrandyBSN
    I am completely resisting the urge to post on the education debate, however, I will post about that comment that I have too much time on my hands.

    What do you consider "too much time"?

    First of all, I am excellent at time management. This talent may have developed while working 40+hours a week while attending high school so that I could save money for college so that I didnt have to ask my parents for anything. I continue to finance my education entirely on my own.

    I don't piddle time with study breaks, talking on the phone, or gossiping. I am currently taking 18 hours this semester. I go to class, come home, and do the assigned reading or writing immediately, then I use the extra time as I wish. I am also an assigned mentor for 3 sophomores, and I tutor for A&P, Patho, and microbiology. I also have 2 freshman who I tutor for ethics and advanced creative writing. I complete sessions with each of these groups once a week, for 6 hours per group. In addition to that, I am also a computer technician, and I offer call support for many student and faculty members. I also attend an average of 20 hours a week in clinical time, between the ER/ICU and Public health. Actually, I just got home from clinicals an hour and 30 minutes ago, and before coming here I finished 4 care plans and read two chapters in my book for my management class. Last night I completed a 13 page term paper on McGregor's X&Y motivation theories WHILE keeping an eye on the bulletin board. "That" is called the ability to multi-task.

    I read on average of 300 pages a week, between my 18 hours of class, and I complete 10-12 pages of writing a week for my writing intensive courses. If you doubt the amount of work required for my classes I would recommend that you look at the course decriptions on my university's website. However, with effective time management skills I have found that it is not necessary to eat-sleep-breathe nursing coursework, while many of my classmates can not use their time effectively, and thus have no personal time. I am also in the process of planning a wedding. I have a 3.3 GPA, so my style of time management IS effective.

    Although I am sure you were not "concerned" that I was neglecting my studies, and that your comment was more out of spite, I thought I would let you know exactly how I have "time on my hands". "Prior proper planning prevents poor performance", were you never told this? Thank you for your attempts to "redirect" my time usage. However, I am managing just fine.

    As I tell the students I tutor, procrastination on your part, does NOT constitute an emergency on mine. I am sorry you were unable to participate in leisure activities while you were in school. Maybe time management didnt appear to be an asset then?

  4. by   hoolahan
    OMG Brandy!! I am exhausted just reading your schedule. You are obviously one of those people, like a good friend of mine, who thrives under stress.

    And is there a college debate team, cause girl, your reply ROCKED! That remark about too much time was just totally uncalled for, but it is CLEAR Brandy, that you need no one to argue on your defense!!!

    Pama, please, I will give you the advice my grampa used to always give to me and my sister, "Fight nice."
  5. by   canoehead
    Rock on Brandy
  6. by   nurs4kids
    LOL, Brandy..you rock, girl!!! You KNOW you didn't need to offer a defense, we KNOW you. However, you may force me, yet, to bow out and say your BSN HAS given you something my ADN didn't. An awesome ability to put your thoughts into words...WITHOUT profanity or direct attacks. The "Brandy has too much time.." comment was totally out of line.

    Keep that head up high, Brandy AND by all means, keep managing your time wisely. Your contribution to this bb is superior!!
  7. by   nurs4kids
    Originally posted by kaknurse
    I can speak for myself, when I say that I have never ever made anyone feel inferior to me simply because I have a BSN and they do not. On my unit, most of the RN's that I work with are ADN prepared. I am one of the few RN's with a BSN.

    If I came across as sounding superior in my above post--that was not the intention at all. I just chose to go for the BSN.

    I wasn't speaking of you, or Suzy, or Brandy...or anyone in particular. Honestly, I've never been made to feel inferior to any BSN, or MD for that matter. Perhaps my words were poorly chosen. The BSN's I work with do not have that attitude either. Most of them are newer to the profession than me and often come to me for advice. The only thing I keep trying to say is that all BSN programs are not the same. All ADN programs are not the same. All diploma program's were not the same. I work with a variety of educational levels from a variety of schools. There ARE some BSN schools in this state that turn out pathetic nurses, as are there pathetic ADN schools. Diploma nurses can normally work circles around all of us because they have the most experience.

    As much as people want to debate the NCLEX's validity in judging nursing capabilities, it is true (here anyway) that the better schools have a higher pass rate and the worse schools have a lower percentage pass. I went to the only ADN school that I WOULD attend in the area. I chose this school because of it's reputation for turning out quality nurses and it's 98% pass rate on the NCLEX. I was one of four white students in a class of 150(in the South), so believe me I wasn't looking for a school to socialize. With that school, not only did I learn nursing, but through the enviroment, I learned more about culture than any sociology class ever taught me. I quickly realized that I was treated much better by classmates than they would have been treated had the ratio's been reversed.

    So, my whole point is that education IS necessary, and the more the better. BUT more education does NOT necessarily make you a better nurse. Life experiences, work experience AND education are all important. Attitude makes the nurse, education enhances the personality.
  8. by   nurs4kids
    I'm sorry about your team not. I guess I have a hard time with your analogy for one simple reason. If education is so important for the purpose of respect, then why does the electronic technician WITH the same amount of education as me, come out of college making what I make after 6 years experience? My hubby graduates next month with a degree in electronics. Took him 18 months (admittedly he CLEP'd several classes and he's a brain and I'm an idiot), took me twice that time. He already has offers making the same as my base pay. I have six years experience with the same company. Don't get me wrong, I'm estatic that he'll be making as much or more, but I think that clearly shows that education is not our main problem. Our main problem is that we're female dominated (I'm NOT a feminist) and we have ALLOWED ourselves to be disrespected. I'm as guilty as the next nurse, but just imagine if we spent half the time bringing our issues to the public that we spend here arguing. Wouldn't that be much more productive?? Do you not think that if we stood up and said "we've had enough, this is how it's going to be...", that we'd get respect, we'd get what we deserve? I'm far from anti-education. I believe education is very necessary. Any nurse that's anti-education chose the wrong field because medicine is constantly changing, BUT I do not feel that is the root of our problem. We are the root of that problem.
  9. by   deathnurse
    Brandy has way too much time on her hands.
  10. by   prmenrs
    You're kidding, I hope.

  11. by   deathnurse
    Originally posted by prmenrs
    You're kidding, I hope.

    Too much time on her hands. Makes lots of posts to this web site too. Yet, her personal web page "diary" says she's had enough and just wants to go work 3 12-hour shifts and take 4 days off. Had 'nough of school too. Wants family life back.

    And unbalanced. Needs to perform some self-examination. And notes lots of personal stress, but choses to take on more and more. Along with hypernutrition prevailing at such an early age. She will be a burden on the health-care system, both as an employee and as a future patient.

    Drive fast. Take chances. Smoke/drink/eat too much. Rant/rave. Good for our income. Good for the economy.
  12. by   BrandyBSN
    Wow! I haven't had my weight attacked (or brought up in debate) since jr. high. Let me think... how did I handle these remarks back then....

    Oh yes, I remember. The children who felt threated by my intelligence would always throw in a mean comment about my weight. I remember being upset about it, but I also felt great pity for that person because I knew that the only reason they made fun of me for being overweight was that they were sad that they would never be as smart as me, or go as far in life as I would. Thanks for reminding me that jerky kids can grow into asses as adults. It was very enlightening.

    As for my "diary". It is open to anyone who want to read it. I have a policy that no matter what I write, it stays there. Rather I am sad, depressed, happy, peeved, or any other range of emotions that a human can go through. October 9th, That day that you refer to about me wanting to be done with school, and wanting my family back was also the day that my father lost his job, I lost my insurance, and I wished that I could go home to comfort him and let him know that I was ok, and everything would work out. I am sorry if I was depressed that day, MY BAD

    My journal is viewed by many people who share in my clinical depression. "I" chose to take a chance and stop taking my medications, so that is how I handle my stress levels. I write in my online diary. It works well, and I recieve email upon email about how people are helped by it, and seeing that bad days, and good days both occur. If it is too intensive for you, you might not want to continue to visit my site and read it.

    Well, I have class, senior pictures, another class, and a meeting today, so I need to get going. Again, THANKS for reminding me that some children will always be children. Its refreshing.

  13. by   nurs4kids
    I don't know about everyone else, but for this fat, smoking, undereducated nurse, this thread has gotten a bit ridiculous. We're not here to attack one another OR to build ourselves up by claiming to be more intelligent than another.

    Intelligence is not shown by personal attacks OR by telling someone about your accomplishments. Intelligence is shown by actions, I just hope the attackers and the attackee are up for that battle...

    Brandy, you don't battle ignorance by trying to show your medals. The ignorant do not understand the value of awards. By the time someone's an adult, if ignorance is not overcome, chances are that person will die ignorant. You battle ignorance by education and if that doesn't work, you IGNORE it. That's why the two words are so closely related
    Last edit by nurs4kids on Nov 15, '01