Nursing

To promote RN-to-BSN achievement, standardize requirements

Nurse Leader Insider, July 2, 2015

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To simplify the process by which registered nurses attain Bachelor of Science in nursing degrees, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recommends that nursing schools adopt standardized non-nursing course requirements.

If you want to get a group of nurses fired-up, ask them if a baccalaureate degree should be the minimal degree required to practice nursing. You won't get a collective yes or no answer, and there will be a division between BSN-proponents and those who feel an associate's degree in nursing is perfectly acceptable.

At least that's been my experience as a staff nurse, nurse manager, and nurse editor. Those in favor of the BSN point to decades of research that show patient outcomes improve with care from BSN-prepared RNs.

It's hard to argue with data, but I've still seen many ADNs become highly upset by the implication that a BSN should become the standard for the profession. I began my nursing career with a BSN, but I understand, in some respects, why so many ADNs respond the way they do. It's a lot of pressure to be told you have to go back to school in order to continue in your profession.

For those who entered nursing 20 or 30 years ago, it feels like the rules are suddenly being changed mid-game. They can't understand why after providing patient care for all these years they're now being told their education is not good enough to do the job they've been doing for decades.

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