Prospective nurse practitioners may be caught in limbo by the proposed Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) recommendation. More than a decade ago, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) recommended that nurse practitioners be prepared with a doctoral, rather than the current master’s degree. They proposed to have the master’s degree phased out by 2015. But as 2015 fades into the sunset, we can see clearly that the DNP requirement will be postponed for a few more years. Colleges … Read the rest
As the baby boomer generation cruises into retirement, there will be a growing need for more nurses. Current nurses need more education, and MSN degree programs will play a critical role in providing it. The advanced degree is valuable for nurses to develop expertise in advanced nursing practice, nursing education, or nursing administration. The number of registered nurses with a BSN degree who seek out advanced training is on the increase, due in part, to the increasing complexities in the … Read the rest
Professional nursing associations make continued calls for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing to become the entry level requirement for the profession, leading to heated debates among nurses and other interest groups. Nurses with an associate’s degree can clearly demonstrate their superior clinical skills compared to BSN graduates. Their education and experience in the health care industry make them valuable to the patient care team. But the call for increased education is not about making a BSN nurse better than … Read the rest
Widespread support for increasing the level of education for registered nurses is founded on studies reporting improved patient outcomes. The support of this measure from professional associations also serves to boost employer demands for BSN educated nurses. Numerous employers across Florida have already implemented hiring practices that favor BSNs. If the message wasn’t clear before, it’s clear now: To be ready for the future of nursing, you should plan on pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
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Nurses are an indispensable part of the healthcare system. In overburdened hospitals, nurses are executing those duties that were once the sole responsibility of licensed physicians. Time, higher educational requirements, and growing health care needs have given nurses greater autonomy and respect as administrators recognize their contributions to advancing care. The evolving nursing science and career stability make it an exciting time to become a nurse. Though the job can be physically exhausting, it offers emotional rewards that far outweigh … Read the rest