- Supply & Demand
- Majority of RN‘s lack four- year degree
- Rank-and-file Nursing lags
Evidence shows that patient outcomes improve when nurses have baccalaureate degrees. The Future of Nursing, the influential IOM and Robert Wood Johnson study, has called for 80% of RNs to have a baccalaureate degree by 2020.
Patients are sicker and healthcare is more complex than ever and we need a highly educated nursing workforce to cope. At the grassroots level, however, there is little impetus to change.
Only 56.4% of nurse leaders believe that entry into practice should be at the baccalaureate level, according to a recent survey by Nursing Management. The national survey questioned more than 2,800 nursing leaders across the U.S. and Canada.
Another survey last week onwww.StrategiesForNurseManagers.comasked the same question and only 43% responded that four-year degrees should be required for entry into practice. This survey also asked whether nurses should be required to obtain a BSN within a few years of entry into practice. Forty-one percent said yes and only 15% said associate degrees were sufficient.
Why aren’t nurse leaders keen to have staff prepared at a higher educational level that will result in better patient outcomes?
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