To meet the needs of patients in today’s healthcare system, nurses must be able to move easily through nursing education programs, from associate degree levels to BSN and higher, two major nursing groups said in a statement released in August.
The American Nurses Association and its affiliate, the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing, released the statement, “Academic Progression to Meet the Needs of the Registered Nurse, the Health Care Consumer and the U.S. Health Care System,” following approval in July by the ANA board of directors. The statement calls for all nurses to have access to “seamless academic progression through high quality accredited nursing education programs that will meet the anticipated demand for qualified nurses over the next several decades.”
The groups pledge to work with nursing and healthcare leaders, policymakers, academic institutions and others to achieve this goal.
The statement notes a recommendation in the 2010 Institute of Medicine “Future of Nursing Report,” which calls for nurses to achieve higher levels of education and training, and for 80% of nurses to have a BSN degree by 2020.
In a background document to the statement, the groups list several strategies from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help increase seamless educational transition, including awarding BSN degrees from community colleges; offering dual enrollment in a community college and a university; statewide and regional educational collaboratives between universities and community colleges and accelerated RN-to-MSN programs.