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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.
The evidence continues to pile up, as mentioned in this October 2014 article by the AACN, "Based on completed responses from 461 schools of nursing, 45.1% of hospitals and other healthcare settings are requiring new hires to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing (up 1.4 percentage points since 2013), while 79.6% of employers are expressing a strong preference for BSN program graduates." Read the full article on the AACN website.
National Student Nurses Association knows what the fuss is all about
Why continue on with school? Aren't all nurses who pass the the NXCLEX exam competent to practice nursing? Why fuss over different nursing degrees? Well, let Liana Orsolini-Hain, PhD, RN, explain this, and more. Check out what she wrote for the NSNA in an article titled "What's all the Fuss? Working Towards a Baccalaureate or Graduate Degree in Nursing."
Don’t let this movement pass you by
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Mark E. Miron, MSN Ed, RN