Originally Posted by not now
I think a part of the argument for the PhD is that most masters programs require so much more than a traditional masters program, that people were doing the work and not getting the degree (or so it was explained to me). Also, there is the Pharm D and the fact that a masters degree is now the entry level for a physical therapist. As a whole health care is all heading towards advanced degrees hence the talk that a BSN be the entry level for an RN (I doubt it will happen any time soon) and all the talk of a PhD.
OT- If the nurse on the shift before you gets slammed at the end of the shift and leaves things for you do you get mad? I totally fell behind today trying to keep one patient from hurting himself and sending the other off to CT that I didn't hand a drip that had been ordered or start a vamp/CVP. He was stable and was in CT until 15 min before shift change so I couldn't get to it and the oncoming nurse was pissed. When people leave me things to do I have no problem doing it.
I don't think it's going to happen any time soon, either...but I think if it DOES come about, it will not necessarily be a good change. How many women out there are SAHM's or even WOHM's and they think "Oh, I can kill myself for a year or two in school to become a nurse or a midwife (think LPN or LP/CPM)", but the thought of Master's or Ph.D. is WAY out of the scope of their possibilities?? Talk about a healthcare shortage...it'll be even worse! I mean, I don't mind going ahead and getting my Master's...it'll take less than a year from where I am now educationally speaking. Then to complete the CNM course requirements would be another 2 years, approximately. That's just three years for me. But for a person starting from ground zero??? Ouch.
As for the end of shift thing...as long as it's not a chronic problem, I don't mind at all. Sometimes I have to leave a thing or two undone, so I don't mind tying up another person's loose ends. What I DO mind is when a certain nurse develops a reputation for leaving stuff, and every time they report off to me, they say "Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't get to Mr. So-and-so's dressing change (for the 3rd time that week)", leaving bags of fluid empty for me, etc.