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Forces driving the trend to BSN education

80 percent BSNs by 2020

The Institute of Medicine put out a report in 2010 saying that the future of nursing is changing. In fact, they recommended that the national nursing workforce should be 80 percent BSNs by 2020. The change is underway, as hospitals around the nation are mandating BSN completion. Read the full report for the IOM here.

ANA backs these claims

It’s not just the Institute of Medicine pushing this program, the American Nurses Association endorsed that report, and immediately encouraged state-level initiatives to meet BSN-level recommendations. Some of those are in place and could help you. Often times the institution you work at is also willing to help cover the costs. Read the ANA response in this report (PDF).

It’s not just paperwork, BSNs perform better

The proof is in the statistics, nurses with their BSN have improved patient outcomes in acute care settings. These reports come out on a regular basis, but this article from the National Institute of Health is especially interesting.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing agrees

“Chief Nurse Officers (CNO) in university hospitals prefer to hire nurses who have baccalaureate degrees, and nurse administrators recognize distinct differences in competencies based on education.” – AACN website.

Don’t let this movement pass you by

Do you have questions? We're available to help.

Mark E. Miron, MSN Ed, RN
RN-BSN Program Director
Phone: 906-487-7247
Email: Mark.Miron@Finlandia.edu

Finlandia Admissions Office
Phone: 906-487-7274
Email: Admissions@Finlandia.edu
Website: finlandia.edu/admissions

Read our RN-BSN Completion Program handbook (PDF).