Educational Preparation Essay

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The Changing Demand on Nurses
11/28/2013

Transformation and evolution related to basic level of education requirement is evident in the nursing profession. Currently there is a mixed population of educational training and skills working at the same capacity. “The sample survey also shows that 50.0% of the RN workforce holds a baccalaureate or graduate degree while 36.1% earned an associate degree and 13.9% a diploma in nursing.” (Rosseter, 2012) Each program prepares their students with the same basic training to pass the boards required for licensure. However the ability to pass the same standardized test does not equate to equality in educational training or practicing skill level.
The NCLEX tests for minimum technical
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Nursing leaders recognized this and began the pursuit to legitimatize the standards of practice. “The efforts of the Associated Alumnae resulted in nursing registration legislation in March 1903…These acts defined for the public that a `registered nurse’ had attended an acceptable nursing program and passed board evaluation examination.” [ (Creasia & Friberg, 2011) ] Over 100 years later this same model is emulated for licensure, however due to difference in educational training from LPN to BSN there is still disproportionate skill level in practice.
Requiring all practicing nurses to hold at minimum of a BSN is a trend that dates back several decades.
Since 1965, the American Nurses Association (ANA) supported nurses having at least a bachelor’s degree to begin practicing as a registered nurse. And at the 2008 meeting of the ANA House of Delegates, nurse leaders approved a resolution to back legislative efforts requiring newly licensed nurse to obtain their BNS in 10 years. (Michaels)
Heavily influencing this trend toward higher educational standards is research and statistics in the field that provide a direct correlation between the levels of education to patient outcomes. “A 10% increase in the proportion of nurses holding BSN degrees decreased the risk of patient death and failure to rescue by 5%.” (Rosseter, 2012) In addition there is also research supporting a better retention rate in higher educated nurses. The information

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