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  1. Baur, Karen DNP, RN, MPH, NE-BC
  2. Moore, Bridget DNP, RN, MBA, NEA-BC
  3. Wendler, M. Cecilia PhD, RN, CCRN-K, NE-BC


The 2010 Institute of Medicine's Future of Nursing report posed recommendations to increase numbers of nurses with baccalaureate degrees or greater to 80%. This project engaged associate degree nurses in motivational interviewing focusing on finding and removing barriers to baccalaureate matriculation and completion. Results indicated a statistically significant influence on attitudes and return-to-school decision making and identified a qualitative theme: "I know more now[horizontal ellipsis] I could be a better nurse."