Can we say HIPAA violation, anyone?
To say that this is outrageous only scrapes the tip of the iceberg; if this were an issue of a bad back or an incurable (but non-contagious) skin condition, we would not be having this conversation. Why, then, is it acceptable to share the intimate details of a nurse's psychiatric disorder on a public website that anyone who merely knows her name can access? Why is it necessary to make it harder for a nurse whose illness is well controlled, who sees her doctor regularly and complies with her treatment program, to find a job? And if the intention is to "assist" the "impaired" nurse, why is the focus on schizophrenia, bipolar, borderline personality etc. when the most prevalent mental disorder among nurses is depression?
Direct entry masters in nursing programs offer a rapid entrance into both the profession of nursing and advanced nursing practice. These unique programs are also known as entry-level or alternate entry nursing masters programs. This type of education is specifically tailored for people with a baccalaureate or higher degree in another discipline who seek a new career as advance practice nurses.
Direct entry msn programs are approximately three years in length. They provide basic nursing curricula during the first year or so of the program (pre-licensure phase), with graduate core courses and specialty course work during the remainder of the program (graduate nursing concentration phase).
The first masters program for non-nurse college graduates was instituted at yale university in 1974. These programs have grown slowly over the ensuing years. In 2008, the american association of colleges of nursing reported 56 direct entry msn programs.
Entry-level msn programs are very demanding, as they not only provide students with a general foundation in nursing, but masters-level courses for leadership or advanced practice as well. These programs are fast-paced, usually involving five-days a week intense study, with a combination of classroom theory and clinical coursework interwoven throughout.
Some programs award learners a bsn at the halfway point of the program, and then an msn at the end of the program; others only confer one degree: an msn upon graduation from the program. In the latter case, students forgo a second bachelor’s degree. In either type program, students must pass the nclex-rn after successfully completing the pre-licensure component, before progressing to the graduate-level courses offered during the second half of the program. Following program completion, students are then eligible to sit for national certification exams for advance practice nursing specialties.
Areas of study in direct entry msn programs include nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, clinical nurse leader, executive nurse leader, nursing administration, health care systems leadership, and certified nurse midwife. I have even heard of some programs offering nurse anesthesia by way of direct entry. An example is georgetown university direct entry to advanced practice program. Another surprise is nursing education, which is offered in some direct entry programs.
A big controversy remains concerning entry-level msn programs: are graduates adequately prepared for advanced practice nursing? What is the job market for advanced practice nursing graduates from these programs? Are they taken seriously by prospective employers? Many people are of the opinion that advanced practice nursing is just that – advanced practice. Critics assert that registered nurses need at least 2 years’ experience at the bedside before entering into advanced practice.