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  1. Dixon, Mary E. DNP, RN, NEA-BC
  2. White, Kenneth R. PhD, AGACNP, ACHPN
  3. Hinton, Ivora PhD
  4. DeGennaro, Regina DNP, RN, CNS, AOCN
  5. Dowling, Tomeka DNP, RN


OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate programmatic elements supporting BSN attainment by employed nurses holding associate degrees or diplomas, using a stakeholder involvement approach.


BACKGROUND: Studies have associated higher percentages of baccalaureate-prepared nurses with improved clinical outcomes. Since 2013, the study organization supported an RN-to-BSN requirement with an academic progression benefit program and achieved an 80% BSN goal by 2021.


METHODS: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Framework for Program Evaluation was used. A mixed methods approach was orchestrated by a stakeholder team to explore use and importance of programmatic elements, and motivators and barriers for degree attainment, using an online survey and focus groups.


RESULTS: Respondents revealed a significant association between BSN degree attainment and financial assistance and perceived importance of financial assistance and educational fairs.


CONCLUSIONS: Validating organizational tactics is important for achieving increased numbers of baccalaureate-prepared nurses and supportive of the cost-effective use of resources.