Quote from Susie2310
If it's dismaying it's because it's the sad truth. Ultimately the patient is the person who suffers. The patient doesn't know how little training the NP has had.
It is *not* eating your young to advocate for a more standardized and rigorous process for entry into practice. *WE* should be policing our own profession, and I would argue we are setting our aspiring APRNs up for failure by allowing such watered down education. I want my colleagues to be competent, and I want my profession to be respected.
Of COURSE there are competent APRNs. I am one of them, and so are the vast majority of my colleagues. Heck, a motivated student could come out of the worst school and still become a stellar NP. And of COURSE there are incompetent people in every field, from MD to dog walker. That is completely beside the point though.
The point is that APRNs as a whole need to figure out how to raise the bar for our newbies, so they can feel confident they are getting a solid, comprehensive education. We have a responsibility here.
I know I am a CNM and in some respects we are different from NPs. There is not anything close to the explosion of diploma mills for CNMs like there is for NPs, but it could happen for sure. I left non-nurse midwifery (I was a CPM) specifically because of the substandard education and shockingly low bar to entry. I do *not* want to see CNMs lower their standards. think this is an issue that all APRNs should take seriously , or even non-clinical MSN or DNP prepared nurses. I have an MSN in nursing education, and it certainly did not prepare me to teach in a didactic setting. I dont even recall much in the way of education-specific content. It was all the normal nursing theory fluff with some research stuff thrown in. I think we need to hold ALL of our graduate education to a higher standard. I want to get a terminal degree someday, but I would never consider a DNP, no way.