I see this as a good thing for the profession of nursing itself, but not a good thing for patients because every degree we get takes us farther away from their bedside. When we are healers, and our touch heals, or our voice heals or we can teach, how does a better education increase our ability to serve our patients? They had doctors before to diagnose and try to “cure” them. Why have we devalued caretaking and nurturing and observation when patients are most vulnerable? Why can’t we offer those nurses at the bedside commensurate pay for their experience? Why does it serve to make us better Medical Managers? What little kid grows up dreaming about being a medical secretary? We already have a leading role in patient care, the fact that we’re not recognized for that is something else that must be worked toward for all of us.