Caregivers -Nurses Stress Over Pressure To Obtain Higher Education
The National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice has urged that at least two-thirds of the nursing workforce hold baccalaureate or higher degrees in nursing by 2010. The Institute on Medicine and the Future of Nursing Report urges hospitals to have a 20% Associate Degree 80% Bachelors Degree work force by the year 20/20. It is felt that the aging population coupled by a very complex patient population require a more educated nursing workforce. The American Nurses Association is the premiere nursing organization in the United States, setting standards for nursing practice throughout the country. They have taken a position in support of the BSN.
The 2008 ANA House of Delegates RESOLVED, that the American Nurses Association support initiatives to require registered nurses (RNs) to obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing within ten years after initial licensure, exempting (grand-parenting) those individuals who are licensed or enrolled as a student in a nursing program at the time legislation is enacted; and be it further RESOLVED, that the American Nurses Association advocates for and promotes legislative and educational activities that support advanced education in nursing.(http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/Policy-Advocacy/State/Legislative-Agenda-Reports/NursingEducation)
Hospital organizations are feeling the pressure to meet the 80/20 nursing composition required for Magnet Certification by the year 20/20. In some areas of the country employers are blatantly telling community colleges that they have a preference for BSN graduates thus reducing the employability of associate degree graduates. The ripple effect to such decisions is that community college nursing enrollments are dropping. Students will have higher educational debt and fewer people of color will have an opportunity to enter the profession. All of these changes are happening amidst a looming nursing shortage. The most significant anticipated nursing shortage in history.
Experienced Nurses Are Stressed And Angry
Experienced Associate Degree and Diploma nurses have invested years into their profession and now may feel negated because of a lack of a Bachelors degree. This pool of Nurses with less than 10 years to work may not see a cost benefit to returning to school given the cost of education and limited scholarship dollars available to support continuing education.
Yet they face the economic stressors of most working Americans. Many are working more than one job to make ends meet because their husbands are unemployed. These nurses need their jobs and the profession needs their experience. Their potential to contribute to the nursing profession is crucial given the looming, critical nursing shortage anticipated in the next few years.
Nursing Stress Related to Education Not Just Limited to Staff Nurses.
Nursing faculty with Masters Degrees are being encouraged to go back to school for terminal degrees if they want to lecture and continue in tenured positions. Nurse practitioners are being encouraged to return to school for Doctorate degrees. Most Masters programs for nurse practitioners have evolved into Doctorate in nursing program
Stressors abound for the nursing profession individuals and society. It is clear that though the debate related to the entry into nursing practice has been going on for over 40 years a definitive conclusion is fast approaching.
Nurse Caregivers Encouraged To Get BSN Degree
Options for Stressed Nurses
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Nurses have many options and must take clear action to reduce stress and care for themselves in the midst of a stressful and demanding career of America’s caregivers.