I’ll be the first to admit it. We are our own worst enemy. We shot ourselves in the foot many years ago and we are continually struggling to correct that mistake with efforts to give our profession the identity it deserves.
Our strength is our weakness. While the flexibility and multitude of entrance options exist (and were created) for becoming a nurse to satisfy the grave shortage situation it also is the source of our profession’s ‘professional’ weakness.
Our requirements have been spread so thin that it has weakened the very fabric and foundation of our identity.
I don’t have the answer, I wish I did.
I do know that when we can answer this ever-growing dilemma, it will roll-over and SOLVE many of the other problems we face as a profession.
The future does look bright – I just hope everyone is willing to hang on for the ride.
But the report was just as forceful in urging nurses to revamp the way they are educated, citing the decades-long struggle within the profession to define what exactly a nurse is. The term “registered nurse” can refer equally to graduates of two-year associate’s programs, four-year baccalaureate programs, and advanced master’s or doctorate programs. In addition to proposing the addition of postgraduate clinical training, or residency, programs, similar to what physicians currently go through, the panel recommended increasing the number of nurses with baccalaureate degrees to 80 percent from 50 percent and doubling the number of nurses with doctorate degrees over the next 10 years. Read more at www.nytimes.com