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
The job outlook for nurses is positive, especially for nurses with a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) or higher. In 2014, nearly 65% of new BSN graduates received job offers at graduation compared to 25% of ADN graduates. Nurses with a BSN degree or higher are valuable to employers for several reasons. One factor that employers most often consider is the link between higher nursing education and improved patient outcomes as described by an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report. In … Read the rest
Health care employers and national nursing organizations stress the importance of nurses earning a baccalaureate degree. At the same time, the profession as a whole faces a growing number of pressures, including workforce shortages and quality of care. As the Institute of Medicine seeks to increase the educational level of 80% of nurses to the baccalaureate degree and double the number of nurses with a doctoral degree, the shortage of nurses can only be met with a constant cycle of … Read the rest
Demographic shifts, an aging population that needs more care, a poor image of a career in nursing, and competition with other professions all contribute to a nursing crisis in Delaware. According to the Delaware Health Care Commission, the shortage will escalate when experienced nurses of the Baby Boomer generation retire. Nurses are a central part of the plan to transform health care in the state. As Delawareans struggle with rising health care costs amidst a fragile economic climate, employers face … Read the rest
The associate’s degree in nursing has been the standard for entry into nursing for the last 3 decades. Times are changing as industry leaders seek to raise the skills level of the nursing workforce by requiring nurses to obtain a BSN degree, at minimum, for entry-level practice. The effort has the endorsement of the AACN and other associations who believe that the BSN degree will increase nurses’ analytical and critical thinking skills. Hospitals are also voicing support for the BSN … Read the rest
The demand for highly skilled registered nurses is on the rise as healthcare becomes increasing complex. The State of New York accepts several routes for entry into practice, but the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is the preferred credential among employers and is gaining traction as the minimum preparation for professional practice. The American Association of College of Nurses already recognizes the BSN degree as the minimum educational preparation for practice in the complex healthcare environment. The Institute of … Read the rest