history, nursing, nursing degrees, nursing education, nursing programs



  1. Akers, Shanna W.
  2. Mauk, Kristen L.


ABSTRACT: Professional nursing education has changed through the decades, from experiential training governed by religious sisters to formal education on theory and research for practice. Numerous types of nursing programs have been developed to meet professional and healthcare needs, and the popularity of different programs has varied over time. The purpose of this article is to explore the history of nursing education and the challenges the 21st century presents to nurse educators and clinicians. Strategies are offered for Christian nurse leaders to forge new pathways for education and move the profession forward.