OK I think I get where we agree and differ. I think we have two separate situations here. Allow me to me clarify.
Yes, CEO and COO positions can be held by someone who happens to be a nurse but it's not generally a requirement so often it's business people with MBA's and MHA's hold these positions. So a nurse with a BSN and either MBA or MHA can and do hold these positions. Agreed.
I did not mean to say that nurses with MBA's are going away. That's not what I believe at all.
However, for people who are up and coming and wanting to enter into nursing management and nursing administration and move up the nursing chain, yes, positions for nurse managers and nursing directors who do not have an advanced degree in nursing are starting to fade away.
My own facility today has nurse managers with only BSN's and no graduate degree and some have MBA's, MHA's, MSN's, or DNP's. I even know one director who only has a BSN. But she has had that job for a long time. No one at my facility is getting a director position these days without an advanced degree and soon this advanced degree will need to be in nursing. Same thing is coming for nurse managers.
These degrees might be fine for today but people who are looking at breaking into nursing management and nursing administration (not hospital overall operations and administration) need to look to the future and not just what's going on today because many of these people with other degrees have held these positions for a while. You need to find out what it takes to get a position today and what is trending at other hospitals in the future, not just look at what degrees are currently held by people
in their current positions.
I lived through LPN's being pushed out of acute care and now the push for more BSN's at the bedside. I can see the writing on the wall and if someone is looking at breaking into nursing management as a new person with no management experience, I urge people to look at the current professional literature out there and where things are heading in the future, not just where things are today at your hospital in your local area because things change and your local area might be behind the times, not ahead.