There’s a definite trend among healthcare employers to hire more nurses trained at the baccalaureate level and encourage associate degree staff to complete the higher degree. Nurses at every level add value to patient care, but the findings of several studies report that those trained at the BSN of higher are better prepared to meet the challenges in today’s healthcare environment. For employers, it boils down to positive patient outcomes, which, according to studies, improves with the nurses’ level of … Read the rest
According to the IOM’s report on the Future of Nursing, “nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training.” One recommendation is to make the path to continued education as seamless as possible. Nursing is different from other professions in that it has several educational paths to entry-level licensure to practice. Hospital-based programs still have a place in Indiana, but the primary pathway to licensure is the associate’s degree and the baccalaureate degree. While academics and professionals continue to debate … Read the rest
The demand for nurses is evidence of their key role in healthcare. They provide life-saving care and are strong advocates for patients. The changing face of healthcare will increase the demand for nurses trained at the highest level as the profession expands their scope of practice. In many regions, nurses provide primary care to meet the growing needs of the population. A study that pegged nursing as the most in-demand profession is especially true in Utah. The state’s population has … Read the rest
As a state, Massachusetts has taken bold initiatives to advance the recommendations contained in the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Future of Nursing report. Three key organizations, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE), the Organization of Nurse Leaders, and the Massachusetts Hospital Association have been working assiduously to present solutions for the seamless progression of nursing students from the associate to baccalaureate and other advanced degrees with the goal to raising the percentage of nurses who hold a BSN or … Read the rest
Employment opportunities for registered nurses are on the rise. A million new opportunities are expected to arise by 2025 – a growth rate that is faster than the average for most other occupations. The projected demand does not include the creation of jobs caused by the large number of nurses who are expected to retire in the next decade. While the industry seeks to boost size of the workforce to meet public demands, there’s also an increasing emphasis on quality, … Read the rest
As health care employers and national nursing organizations placed increased emphasis on nurses earning a baccalaureate degree or higher, it may be time to consider enrolling in an RN to BSN program. The occupation as a whole face increased pressures, including nursing shortages and quality of care, which contribute to the call for better-educated nurses. One of two educational recommendations offered by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) is to increase the number of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to a … Read the rest
Data showing the link between a highly educated nursing workforce and better patient outcomes and fewer safety issues influences the trend towards higher education. Arkansas is one of many states that emphasize the preparation of more nurses with a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) or higher. Almost 45% of nursing graduates in Arkansas are prepared at the baccalaureate level. The other 55%, who select associate’s degree programs due to time or financial constraints, are encouraged to complete the BSN through … Read the rest
Rapid changes in healthcare lead to higher expectations from the largest part of the healthcare team. Loftier credentialing expectations drive registered nurses with an associate’s degree to enroll in RN to BSN programs to secure a bachelor’s degree. When the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released the Future of Nursing Report in 2010 and recommended that 80 percent of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree by 2020, only 30 percent of practicing nurses held the advanced degree. Today, close to … Read the rest
An ongoing shortage of nurses is a major issue that grips the health care sector. Washington State is expected to experience a shortfall of nearly 3,793 nurses by 2020, according to the University Of Washington School Of Medicine.
With approximately 68,700 licensed registered nurses in the state, nursing form the largest segment of the health care workforce. A number of converging factors affect the sector’s ability to produce, recruit, and retain registered nurses, including the aging and retiring workforce, the … Read the rest
Healthcare providers, especially hospitals, and organizations repeatedly call for better-educated nurses to meet the challenges within the nation’s healthcare system. RN-to-BSN programs are designed to help registered nurses develop the clinical, leadership and advocacy skills and knowledge to meet industry demands.
According to the American Association of Colleges of Nurses, more RNs today are heeding the call by seeking a BSN to increase their competitive advantage and improve patient care. In a report titled, “The U.S. Nursing Workforce: Trends in … Read the rest