You may be misreading my point. I'm not saying an ADN is the same as a BSN. It's a completely different education. I understand the difference completely as a Masters educated professional in another field. An associates degree in my previous field (and most others) is nothing. Won't get you a darn thing. I know the difference. I never understood why a few healthcare areas are different. I'm just saying no the doctors do not know what you have unless you are an advanced practice nurse. Personally I went the ADN route due to money, got a job, and am now doing the RN-BSN for free. Yeah, that's the truth. I didn't go that route due to poor grades, inability to get into a university, or any other inferior reason. It was cheap, quick and easy, and it's not my fault that we all get the same job initially. Obviously getting the BSN is more work and a better more rounded education. I don't think anyone is discounting that. But an ADN gets the job done too.
There are three main issues here:
1. People seem to confuse education (ADN, BSN, MSN) with credentials (RN).
2. People need to be less condescending to their fellow nurses, no matter what their degree. You know who you are.
3. People need to understand that there are wonderful nurses of all education levels and poor ones of all education levels. Education does not equal intelligence.
There has been talk about making the BSN a minimum standard for many years and it has not happened. So we all need to learn to get along in the meanwhile.
PS: I had a couple classmates hired into U of M last year....with ADNs.