Kudos to you and your physician colleagues for supporting the idea (whose time is long overdue) of a well-educated nurse!!! I have always believed that if the AMA [American Medical Association] said, "We want all nurses to be minimally prepared at the masters level and all advanced practice nurses to be prepared at the doctoral level (research and/or practice) by 2015," that it would happen!
Regina L. Payne, EdD, MA, MSN, RN, CWOCNI don't even know where to begin. All nurses having a masters? Do you want the industry to commit suicide?
Who is going to get their masters to make $50,000/year starting pay?
And why do we need to be validated by physicians? Nurses operate hospitals. Physicians put their patients in hospitals to be under our care. We are not coworkers or coequals; we are not comparable or competitive workers in the same career field. We do different jobs.
I have a feeling doctors don't care about validating this nurse, either. In the real world, nobody talks like this. But this professor of nursing is willing to sacrifice US healthcare in order to achieve a pipe dream only she and other people like her care about.
Thankfully this would be such a burden on healthcare that it will probably never happen. But if this is how nurses in the academic establishment and the political lobbies think, I'm genuinely frightened.