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  Last Post: March 14, 2016 | View Comments(113)

This is the honest truth about the the BSN and higher degree pushes. This is what you won't see in any of the nursing publications because they make money selling advertising to schools marketing their programs.

The BSN push has many players all having a stake in the game but this is the general idea:

After 1964, not as many children were born as in previous post-WWII years. That means fewer people to have kids that would eventually enter the school systems. “200 college and university campuses have closed during the last 10 years due to decreasing enrollments as baby boomers aged" (Nursing Spectrum, Jan. 9, 2012). So the only way to counter this is to have someone publish a flawed, unreplicated and outright falsely contrived study saying hospitals with more nurses that have BSNs experience lower mortality rates and provide better care. In this way, they will try to force nurses in their 40s and 50s with well over 20 years experience to have to go back to school. This would increase revenues for universities, lending institutions, book and supply companies, hospitals that lease space to schools offering on-site RN-BSN programs as well as nursing organizations that get kickbacks for promoting the necessity of the BSN.

In the article, "Hard Times on Campus - Declining Enrollment Means Declining Revenue For Colleges" (Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan. 31, 2016), many area colleges and universities are experiencing hard financial times due to decreasing enrollments. Schools are a business just like anything else; and their business is to sell courses and programs to customers.
If enrollments continue to decline, it would result in the downsizing of academic departments and possible layoffs. What those in academia fear the most is losing their nice cushy jobs in the fantasy world of academia where they don't have to produce results. And finding another cushy, full-time job in the contracting university market would be highly improbable. "For the past 40 years, institutions of higher learning have been relentlessly replacing professors on the tenure track (the ones with decently paying jobs and fringe benefits) with contingent faculty, typically part-timers, who cost a whole lot less" (The Weekly Standard, Nov. 16, 2015).

And there is you main reason for the BSN and higher degree pushes.

Peter  Digiuseppe March 14, 2016
Philadelphia , PA

I agree with the postings I've read here. Why is an RN degree suddenly not good enough? I graduated from a 3-year diploma program many years ago in a large hospital in a large city in Pennsylvania. Our first 9 months were "academic" learning in subjects connected to medicine such as Anatomy& Physiology, Pharmacology, etc. Then we went straight to the "floor" for "practical" experience.

Karen ,  RNDecember 12, 2015

I graduated from a diploma school in 1974. 6 weeks of orientation and straight to a full patient load, without internships for a year. Bedside nursing should not require a BSN, administration, teaching, research, ie. yes. That obese man whose abdominal incision had D&E'd did not care if I knew statistics, western lit. or anything beyond nursing knowledge and experience, nor would it have helped. I still believe with all my heart that diploma programs produced the best bedside nurses, there is no substitute for the experience we had. PS - we were allowed to work as aides in our hospital after first semester, it was a win win situation all around.

Donna ,  RN,  public schoolNovember 24, 2015

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