Quote from FullTimeTraveler
I don't believe there will be any effect except a more evenly educated and qualified RN in hospitals who is more highly respected in the medical community.
Even if you assume that BSN grads are better nurses ...
I don't see how you can say there won't be any effect with a BSN mandate. It looks from your user name and profile that you're a traveler working in California.
70 percent of the nursing programs in this state are ADN programs. Overall, the schools produce 6,000 new grads a year and more than 4,000 of those nurses are ADN grads.
Where is the state going to get the money to convert all of these programs to BSN's? My CC doesn't have any money to do that and I seriously doubt that the other schools have that kind of money either.
And, even if the state did have the money ... what happens to staffing ratios if you delay the graduation date for 4,000 new grads while ratios for med-surg, etc. are supposed to go down from 5:1 to 4:1 next year?
Aren't staffing ratios just as important to patient safety and quality of care? Or, is it better to have "more educated and qualified" BSN nurses with heavier patient loads. Isn't it possible that patient care would suffer just as much, if not more?
If you create some bottleneck where you severely limit the supply of nurses ... this would give the hospitals the perfect excuse to go back to court and tell the judge that ratios are damn near impossible to meet.
I wish the BSN proponents would be more practical and discuss how this is supposed to work in the real world because, in a lot of ways, it doesn't.