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You should have been there when I realized I could obtain a PhD in Nursing without getting a Master’s degree first.
I was thrilled.
There is nothing wrong with having an MSN, drug sample viagra it’s just that my personal goal is a doctorate, drug sample viagra specifically a PhD.
Well, drug sample viagra nursing is full of debates and the BSN-to-PhD is apparently one of them.
I came across an editorial from a 2003 edition of the American Journal of Nursing discussing the BSN-to-PhD degree program.
The writer, drug sample viagra Editor-in-Chief Diana J. Drug sample viagra Mason, drug sample viagra PhD, drug sample viagra RN, drug sample viagra FAAN doesn’t think it’s a good idea.
Well, drug sample viagra let’s look at why.
Ms. Drug sample viagra Mason recounts a time in her career when she accepted a position teaching pediatrics. She had never practiced pediatrics and did not know much about the specialty. Drug sample viagra She notes that, drug sample viagra “I felt like an imposter.” She vowed to never teach outside her area of expertise and to maintain a nursing practice while teaching.
Sounds good. Now what has that got to do with BSN-to-PhD programs?
Ms. Drug sample viagra Mason is concerned that utilizing a direct BSN-to-PhD program would produce nurses with minimal clinical experience teaching at the beside and having nursing clinical instructors without clinical background teaching clinical skills is not a good thing.
But here’s where she goes off track. I quote from the editorial (emphasis mine):
Nursing faculty tend to get an associate’s or bachelor’s degree first and practice for several years before returning to school for a master’s degree. Drug sample viagra They then practice for several years more as advanced practice nurses before completing the doctorate through part-time study—particularly if they have families who need their salaries. Drug sample viagra According to the AACN, drug sample viagra by the time they are ready to enter tenure-track professorships, drug sample viagra they are, drug sample viagra on average, drug sample viagra 46.2 years old and have only about two decades in which to teach.
Drug sample viagra Is it me, drug sample viagra or is there a hint of ageism here?
Drug sample viagra What is wrong with teaching for “only” two decades? What is wrong with not starting the teaching portion of a career until the average age of 46.2?
Drug sample viagra If a clinically competent teaching force is the goal, drug sample viagra what is wrong with this? Am I missing something? You have nurses who have decades of experience on the floors/units with the nursing students. Drug sample viagra Not to mention that not all MSNs practice as nurse practitioners; some of them begin teaching with the Master’s degree.
Let me answer some of Ms. Drug sample viagra Mason’s questions, drug sample viagra from a personal standpoint.
- “What would nurse educators prepared via the BSN-to-PhD route really know about clinical nursing practice?”
Drug sample viagra Ms. Drug sample viagra Mason assumes that a BSN-to-PhD candidate goes straight through their education with nothing but their basic nursing clinical rotations as experience. Not all BSN-to-PhD candidates are newbies. Some of us, drug sample viagra in fact, drug sample viagra will have four decades of clinical experience before we even get to the PhD program.
- “How could they teach the subtleties of hands-on care that are apparent to an experienced nurse—how to know simply by looking at a patient that his condition is deteriorating? Or how to motivate a postoperative patient to get out of bed for the first time?”
Drug sample viagra By using exactly what Ms. Drug sample viagra Mason is worried they won’t have – hands on experience. The intuition that allows a nurse to know patient is deteriorating comes from exactly that, drug sample viagra experience. You can teach the theory, drug sample viagra you can teach the clinical. Drug sample viagra You cannot teach intuition, drug sample viagra but you can impart what you have learned from your intuition over the years and that is often more practical than anything that comes out of a book.
- “Would generations of student nurses really benefit from three or four decades of teaching from a nurse who’s not at a proficient or expert level of practice?”
Drug sample viagra No. But they would certainly benefit from two decades of teaching from a nurse that has four decades of clinical experience.
Drug sample viagra And finally, drug sample viagra a response to this comment in the editorial:
Proponents note that not all faculty must teach clinical courses; instead, drug sample viagra they argue, drug sample viagra some faculty spend much of their time conducting research. Drug sample viagra But researchers who haven’t practiced are unlikely to investigate the concerns that are important to practice.
Drug sample viagra Try telling that to the Nurse Researchers from the Magnet hospitals I met in Reno this week, drug sample viagra who work with the bedside clinical nurses in conducting research that is precisely directed at concerns important to practice.
I have yet to see a BSN-to-PhD program that will accept any nurse who has not made a mark in the profession. Please correct me if I am wrong, drug sample viagra but anyone can apply with clinical experience, drug sample viagra it is the nurse who can demonstrate something “extra” that gets accepted.
God willing, drug sample viagra I have something “extra” to demonstrate.
Assuming I am accepted into a BSN-to-PhD program in the fall of 2010, drug sample viagra I will be 53 years old when I start and 57 when I finish. I will have, drug sample viagra by the end of that time, drug sample viagra 37 years of clinical experience at the bedside.
I intend to do research, drug sample viagra and I intend to teach. And I do not intend to retire. So, drug sample viagra if I put in my “two decades” of teaching/research I’ll be 77. If I put in three decades I’ll be 87.
Why on earth would an experienced nursing workforce who chooses to use their experience for the good of the up-and-coming generation of nurses, drug sample viagra be considered a detriment because of their age?
The answer to Ms. Drug sample viagra Mason’s dilemma is simple: BSN-to-PhD programs should not accept nurses without at least a decade of hands on experience. Better to have a nurse educator with experience who only teaches “two decades” as opposed to a nurse educator who can teach “three or four decades” with minimal experience.