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Karen Innocent
June 15. 2010 20:55
Jennifer,
I commend you for being involved in a professional organization as an Associate Degree RN. While there are many reasons why nurses enter at different levels, there have always been a high proportion graduating from ADN programs because it takes twice as long to produce BSN graduates. The economy may also play a role, as you have noted, because the stability of health care professions including nursing.

Thank you for sharing.

Karen Innocent
10/12/2015 10:25:12 AM

Jennifer Robinson RNC, CLNC
June 15. 2010 02:00
Most clinically practicing nurses that I know do not belong to any professional organization. The few that do belong, are generally BSN (and higher) prepared nurses. I wonder if this is related to a trend that I have seen over the year - a high influx of ADN prepared nurses that went to nursing school because it was a quick way to get money, flexible scheduling, and more job security.

I personally have seen that generally people who become nurses for more altruistic reasons or because they enjoy the learning process and the work, tend to subscribe to nursing journals, belong to organizations, attend conferences, and volunteer to perform above and beyond the job description for the shift. The discussions that I have had with nurses who think it is unfair to require nurses to do continuing education beyond college in order to keep a nursing license scare me.

As an Associate Degree RN, I have always belonged to professional organizations. It is how I keep up with current trends and evidence based practice to ensure I am practicing high quality nursing. I believe it is important that nurses get on board and act like the professionals they want to be called. Otherwise we will continue to be divided and will never have the respect and collegiality with other disciplines (MDs) that we desire.
10/12/2015 10:24:43 AM