amen sister! you are preaching to the choir.
I despise the ANA and have ever since I became a nurse, mm 8 years ago is it? wow. I was a CNA for years before becoming an RN. I have worked everything from DON of home health, occupational nursing, case management, TCV, transplant, you name it I have done it, with the exception of peds and L&D, though I floated to that unit once to take care of surgical patients. Now I have to return to school to get advanced degrees to teach- I was injured on the job badly when I very very large patient fell on me and ruptured several discs in my back. I ended up with complications from surgery and can't work now due to physical limitations and sever pain. but I love working with nursing students, so I am hopeful I can teach. I adore being a nurse, is who I am to my very core...though I may end up leaving it entirely to start my own business instead. I don't know LOL.
I have worked everywhere, with nursing students of all kinds, with new grads of all kinds..and the bottom line in terms of your preparedness is what kind of program you have. I started to hate the ANA in nursing school when in order to maintain our accreditation, the highly successful program was going to have to change. because they said that a student should be able to "sit in" a class at my school, or the community college associated with us 50 miles away to make up a class and not miss anything. But yet there is NO continuity among degree programs across the STATE, let alone the country! everyone does it differently, and as the student you have to try and figure out where the best program is that will fit your needs.
What disappoints me are the nurses who tear each other apart over this issue, making it a divisive wedge issue in order to make themselves feel better about whichever educational choice they made. BSN's who look down on RN's and think we are selling the profession short and causing problems because of our stubborness, and that we lack leadership skills (as if ANY new grad is prepared to lead ANYTHING LOL), the ADN's who become defensive and start telling the BSN's they were stupid to spend all that time in school learning BS, that there is a reason its called a "BS"N degree- when we need to be embracing each other and supporting each other, as we BOTH take the same exact test, we BOTH work in the same environments and we need each other. Do I have my own opinion on the merits of a BSN degree? absolutely. I think it is a necessary evil for some avenues of nursing, because it is required to work there. Do I think it has a lick of anything to do with what quality nurse you are? absolutely NOT. And I resent my teachers, or anyone, trying to justify ridiculously wasteful stupid classes by saying that I lack leadership and critical thinking skills without them. if that were true, then not only would I have not passed my boards with all those critical thinking leadership skills questions on them, but I would not have been successful in my career choices.
BUT..I would never berate anyone for the choices they make with their education..it is just that..THEIR education. and I think we need to do more remembering of that fact and less screaming at each other about what makes a professional..cause DUDE..the screaming fishwife routine is definitely not advancing our image.