The Importance Of Continuing The Two Year Nursing Program Essay

735 Words Jun 14th, 2016 3 Pages
Should the Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) be the entry-level of education for the Registered Nurse (RN) title? This seems like a recent hot topic and highly debated issue, but it was the American Nurses Association (ANA) recommendation 45 years ago. Due to the increasing shortage of nurses that began over a decade ago, as well as an aging population, interest in phasing out two-year nursing degrees has faded. In 2012 it was estimated that there were 43.1 million people over the age of 65 which has created a significant demand for nurses. Between 2014 and 2022 there will be 1.2 million vacancies for registered nurses. The future demands of nursing increases threefold as the need for highly technically skilled nurses are essential in acute care settings (Kozier RN, Erb RN, Blais RN, & Wilkinson RNC, 1995). For these reasons, it is senseless to suggest that the BSN be considered entry-level for the RN label. The importance of continuing the two-year nursing programs is justified because the basic nursing skills needed to do the job are taught, availability in the workforce is much quicker, and testing for state licensure is identical to the BSN. This essay will define why the current multi-level education is adequate for registered nursing licensure.
There are three degrees available for becoming a licensed Registered Nurse. The Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) is typically a two-year program offered at technical nursing schools. This makes it quite…

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