Finally in the news this week, we take a look at the progress of nursing education programs to keep up with the need for trained nurses. In this article, they are specifically looking at the growth of enrollment in baccalaureate level programs in response to calls from the Institute of Medicine and other organizations for a more highly trained nursing workforce.
Slow BSN Growth Offset by RN to BSN Programs
According to information released by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, enrollment in bachelor’s programs for nursing increased by only 2.6 percent in 2013, the lowest increase in five years. This slow down is perceived to be as a result of reduced availability of nursing faculty in these programs.
The good news in their report from my standpoint is that there is continued growth in RN to BSN and other advanced degree programs for existing nurses to continue their education. These programs showed growth of 12.4 percent which is the 11th year of such monumental growth.
Good Nurses Focus on Lifelong Learning
I think that the focus on initial BSN training programs is misplaced given that the largest percentage of new nurses still comes from Associates Degree Nursing (ADN) programs. As long as we can continue to encourage these nurses to advance their education and continue their professional growth in their nursing career I think we end up with a win in the end.
We’ll have to continue to support the ongoing education of all of our nursing colleagues, whatever their level of education so that we can all advance our profession and continue to represent the highest level of patient care in what we do.
What do you think? I welcome your comments on this and other articles. Shoot me an email in here to NuringShow@gmail.com with your comments on this or any of our nursing news items this week. I look forward to hearing from you.
Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode –Nurse Lorie Brown on Protecting Your Nursing License and Episode 281.