I just read and interesting article. What do you all think?
I do think that something needs to be done about the basic nursing programs. If thousands of qualified candidates are being turned away then why isn't more being done to encourge nurses to become nurse educators? I will never forget my Level 1 nursing instructor telling the class that as new RNs we would make more than she did as an MSN. That is so tragic. Educators/teachers, no matter the disciple should be paid more. Once again actions will only be taken retrospcetively rather than preventatively.
I remember also the talk of entry level nursing should be BSN and that would be the standard in the future. That was 15 years ago. I complete my BSN in 2005. My opinion is that an individual should aspire and achieve what they desire and are capable of. We as nurses who work the floor know the value of a capable good CNA. We also know how upsetting it is to work with the not so capable/good ones no matter the title. I don't think every nurse should be a BSN. I know RNs now who think it is beneath them to take a patient to the toilet, change their bed, or bath them. Pisses me off. That was basic level one care taught first. These are not hurgers we are flipping on a grill, these are human beings in need of care, compassion and competence, not condesention. If you don't want to take care of the patient, go work at McDonalds. Sorry, high up on my soap box again riled up.
Here is the link to the article.