1. Kidder, Monica Miller MS, RN
  2. Cornelius, Patsy B. MS, MHSA, RN


Most professional disciplines are defined by the educational degree required to practice. Unfortunately, nursing is not one of those disciplines. To that end, the authors discuss the contribution multilevel entry into practice has on nursing's negative appeal to the emerging workforce and the misconception that licensure equates with professional status. They then propose a workable solution to the problem.