Essay on Educational Opportunities And Requirements For Nursing

856 Words Dec 12th, 2016 4 Pages
Nursing is a multifaceted profession that affords those that practice it the opportunity to be an invaluable influence on the ability of an individual to recover from an illness or injury. This opportunity, which can be incredibly rewarding, also comes with a tremendous amount of responsibility. It is with this responsibility in mind that I have laid out four topics that I feel are integral to the field of nursing and should be the point of focus for the continued improvement of the field as well as the individual nurses themselves.
Educational Opportunities and Requirements
I believe that one area of nursing that will require improvement in order for the profession to improve is expanding the educational opportunities for prospective students. During the years 2013-2014 there were 78,089 qualified nursing school applicants that were denied admittance into a nursing program due to lack of adequate faculty, clinical placement spots, and overall space (Cherry & Jacob, 2017). In order for the profession to provide the number of healthcare professionals required to adequately care for our growing and aging population efforts need to be made to increase educational opportunities.
In addition to increasing educational opportunities the profession should start phasing out the associate degree programs and begin requiring entry level nurses to obtain a bachelor’s degree as the minimum education needed to sit for licensure exams. Education is the key to success in any field and…

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