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I understand your concern! Far too many nurses are graduating with their BSN, MSN, or NP and expecting to transition into administration or practitioner roles without any experience in patient care. From the standpoint of a nurse educator: mea culp. We have no one blame but ourselves. We as a profession place too much emphasis on the number of letters we can accrue after our names, without regard for the fact experience at the bedside trumps alphabet soup any day when it comes to patient care. I don’t disagree with the fact that a BSN prepared nurse may make for a safer nurse (after all, research has shown this), but why are we encouraging young people with little or no patient care experience, and zero life experience, to keep going on for advanced degrees without actually taking care of patients for a while?

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