I understand the concerns that affect people's career. I guess my post wasn't real clear. I am not talking specifically about the negativity on the NP threads. It is the whole site. Certainly, you can find threads on here where people are arguing about "petty things" that do not have serious implications to people's career, right? Furthermore, I stated that it is really all forums on the internet that I see bickering and negativity with the exception of fishing forums. You see...trucks are not endangering careers, but I see people arguing over petty things all the time when I go on those forums. But, like I said, fishing forums are different for some reason other than "the subject matter is a hobby."
Also, there are three ways you can treat a post that you feel is "threatening the life of your profession." One can.....
1) Respond professionally....(for example). I believe the NP profession should demand higher standards. There was a time when doctors were looked down upon and their "profession" was looked at as a trade. Today, because they organized and created high standards, their profession is well respected, highly skilled, and adequately paid. They have prestige. NP's will not have the same prestige if they continue upon the path of allowing programs with little if any standards. If you want to be an NP, you, too, should want and demand high standards by not trying to buy a degree, but instead, seek out a challenging program with a rigorous curriculum.
or 2) Respond unprofessionally...(for example). "Yea..just go out and buy a degree. Man, some people think being an NP is "so easy." I worry about our profession if so many stupid people can become an NP."
or 3) .....(nothing)....just keep scrolling. You do not have to respond to everyone.
I understand the passion for the profession. I am not an NP, but I am an RN that loves nursing. That being said, it would be nice to see more posts about the positive aspects of being an NP. It would also be nice to see nurses...especially NP's respond to posters with persuasive arguments instead of unhelpful condescending remarks. Hopefully, you now see my comment as less "ridiculous."