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Nursing Management

October 2012, Volume 43 Number 10 , p 56 - 56

Author

  • Rosanne Raso MS, RN, NEA-BC

Abstract

That's a very good question. Based on the multitude of data, articles, and stories about shifting enrollments, hiring practices, credentialing, and the future of nursing, I'm compelled to answer that it's a trend. Even this column has had several questions just over the past year related to BSN requirements and expectations.We all know the Institute of Medicine's Future of Nursing report recommended that the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree increase to 80% by 2020. That's a tall order because we're starting out at 50%. However, in keeping with the understanding that this is a trend, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), we were only at 22% in 1980 and 37% in 2008.1 The AACN also reported that RN-to-BSN completion rates increased by 15.8%, the ninth year of consecutive increases.In my state, New York, there's wide variation in BSN rates by region, ranging from 19% to 46%. Less than half of New York graduates are BSN grads, but the rate has

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