Last evening I attended a meeting of my state nurses association to participate in a discussion about a new resolution the association is proposing. The resolution, referred to as “BSN in 10” would require that new graduates from diploma and associate degree programs who graduate after a certain year would be required to complete their BSN within 10 years. This proposal allows the continuation of 3 levels of entry to practice while elevating the long-term educational standards of the profession. Nurses who graduate prior to the established start date would be grandfathered in and not required to meet the BSN rule. Almost every US state is having a similar discussion.
In my mind, the debate is not now, and never has been, about who is the better nurse or who provides better care. The issue is about what is required to move the individual nurse and the profession as a whole forward. Nursing and healthcare have changed dramatically. A new standard is required to meet the challenges of the future. More education is always better. I support the resolution.