The Baccalaureate Degree: A Requirement for Entry Level Nursing Practice

866 Words Feb 21st, 2018 3 Pages
Since the American Nurses Association developed its stance in the Nursing’s Social Policy Statement in 1995 (Bishop, DiMattio, Fields, and Jacobs, 1998, p.225), the debate over the educational requirement for entry into nursing practice is still an issue to this day. As of now, the educational requirement to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses is through a diploma program, an associate degree, or a baccalaureate degree. How then, does the legitimacy of nursing as a profession stand against other professions, such as law, education, and medicine, which require a baccalaureate degree, and nothing less, for entry into practice? Nursing is not simply a technical career; nursing is a profession and should therefore require a baccalaureate degree for the well-rounded education it provides, to be properly prepared for an advancing health care system, and to hold the profession to a higher standard of education. Through an associate degree, an individual can take the basic nursing courses in order to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, but there is no requirement for a core curriculum within these programs. Universities that distribute 4-year baccalaureate degrees not only offer the same course work as an associate degree, but also require a core curriculum of “…a more in-depth treatment of…
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