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  1. Diaz Swearingen, Connie MSN, RN, PHCNS-BC, CNE
  2. Clarke, Pamela N. PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
  3. Gatua, Mary Wairimu PhD, MSW
  4. Sumner, Christa Cooper MSW/ENR


Despite state, national, and organizational objectives to increase the proportion of nurses with a bachelor's degree or higher, a majority of nurses hold an associate's degree in nursing. To address the need for a better-prepared nursing workforce in this rural state, an RN/BSN recruitment and retention project was implemented. The authors discuss the Leadership Education to Advance Practice project and its outcomes.