It's interesting because this debate of LPN/ADN/BSN is exactly the same with the same fervor as it was in 1985 when I graduated with a BSN. I went directly to the BSN from an ADN program, and yes after all was said and done, back then it took 5 years. The BSN was the prestigious degree to have at the time, and nurses were trying to organize as a profession to make it the minimum standard. 25 years later, there remains no minimum standard, though I am finding that employers, probably for liability reasons, are wanting an MSN at entry with certifications for advanced practice. We as nurses need to take control of our profession, determine for ourselves what we want it to be before someone determines it for us. Nurses fighting among themselves over what level of preparation is best allows another faction to grab power and make the decisions for us.