“Several studies have demonstrated that lower levels of patient mortality are associated with advanced education levels of the nurses. Increased education is also associated with patient safety and quality of care,” she says.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) launched an initiative to respond to the need to assess and transform the nursing profession. Whitham points out the initiative recommends that organizations achieve a 90 percent BSN-prepared nurse workforce by 2020.
Whitham says that there are several key characteristics of BSN-ready nurses.
Baccalaureate graduates have education that enhances their professional development and enables them to better understand the cultural, social, political and economic issues that influence health care.
Additionally, nurses with the ability to think in a systematic and logical manner will reflect on and question the reasoning process to ensure quality care.
Due to the complexity of today’s health care environment, Whitham says that bachelor’s level nurses are better prepared for leadership, management, in-depth research and community health and education roles.
“A BSN nurse may work in a hospital setting and hold positions in education or management or work in the private or public sector,” says Whitham. “A BSN is the first step toward furthering their education, such as earning a MSN or Ph.D.”
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