Podcast: “Educational Advancement for RNs”

A podcast examining the movement to expand the educational requirements for nursing in New York State.

The issue of requiring RNs to earn a bachelor’s in nursing has been debated by nurses for decades. But now shorter lengths of stay, higher patient acuity, and advances in technology, are increasing the complexity of patient care today. This in turn places greater demands on nursing competencies and underscores the need for nurses to continue their education.

NYSNA discusses this issue with representatives of the Coalition for the Advancement of Nursing Education (CANE): Karen Ballard, MA, RN, president of NYSNA; Barbara Zittel, PhD, RN, executive secretary of the New York State Board for Nursing; and Deborah Zimmerman, RN, MS, CNAA, BC, chief nursing officer/senior vice president of Rochester General Hospital.

NYSNA Podcasts are available at NYSNA’s website, as well as through iTunes.

Let us know your thoughts on this issue.


3 Responses to “Podcast: “Educational Advancement for RNs””

  1. Jewel Cooper Says:

    As a recovering drug addicted, alcoholic nurse who has been clean and sober almost 25 years, I was sickened after watching the 1st episode of Nurse Jackie. I wrote letters to 4 nursing journals. ANd, I wrote to my local paper urging everyone to call Showtime and their local cable/satellite provider asking that Nurse Jackie be taken off the air.
    In today’s Nysna article, the headline read Nurse TV drama reignites old debate….That headline is wrong and misleading. What I find most offensive is this show is supposed to be a COMEDY…not a drama! I have been certified in Critical Care, and Chemical Dependency. For the past 12 years, I have worked in the Operating Room …..and everyone I work with is attuned to addiction and recovery because of me.
    I find nothing funny about anyone who has a substance abuse problem ,let alone an RN with a bad attitude and a lot of inappropriate and unethical behavior to go along with it.
    Years ago, I was mentored by Doris Leffler. When she died 10 years ago, her obituary appeared in several national nursing journal describing her accomplishments. She founded PRN…(PHiladelphia Recovering Nurses.) She was instrumental in getting legislation changed in Pennsylvania so that nurses would be able to seek treatment and have an opportunity to recover …. rather than arbitrarily have their licenses yanked. She was 24 years clean and sober when she died and she impacted the lives of a lot of nurses as well as countless others during her lifetime
    I called Showtime twice and left suggestions for the writers on my thoughts about how the series could come to an end…quickly.
    1. Nurse Jackie could be found dead of an overdose…either at home …or in the hospital.
    or….2. Nurse Jackie could be taken out of the hospital in handcuffs.

    Both of these scenarios…I have personally witnessed many times over the past 27 years.
    This series demeans and debases my life, my career and my RECOVERY!
    Jewel Cooper, RN,BSN,CNOR
    Addendum….Had this show started with the premise of Nurse Jackie coming back to work after completing treatment ….with flashbacks of some of the things she”USED” to do…. and made it a show about the struggle to GET clean….it might have worked….But as it stands right now…I want Nurse Jackie off the air…..In real life, she would have been identified, confronted, intervened. She would have entered into treatment ….and if she did not comply with treatment reccomendations, ie counselling, manditory drug/alcohol testing, 12 step meetings….Nurse Jackie would not have the priviledge of having RN license in her wallet.

  2. Mike RN Says:

    So if you do not like it no else should be allowed to watch it? I think the show depicts someone with a substance abuse problem that happens to be a nurse. Not an attempt to define the nursing practice as a bunch of unethical substance abusers. I myself have no interest in the show, so I choose not to watch it. I do not believe that someone who choses to watch it takes the huge leap and thinks this is a standard in the profession. I think nursing has bigger fish to fry.

  3. Meri Says:

    While nursing may have bigger fish to fry, the subliminal undertone of a nurse with an addiction taking care of patients falls short of entertainment. No we can’t demand that programming we don’t approve of is banned for everyone, but we can state our concerns here, take pride in our profession and voice concern with the sponsors of the show.

    When we see something that is questionable, we should speak up. No matter how big or small. 🙂

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