Increasing RN-BSN Enrollments: Facilitating Articulation through Curriculum Reform
There is a significant need to increase the BSN enrollment as the majority of new nurse enrollment is at the associate degree in nursing level (Spencer, 2008, 312). It will be discussed, based on the article; Increasing RN-BSN Enrollments: Facilitating Articulation through Curriculum Reform, author Janine Spencer, RN, EdD, Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, July 2008, the need for increasing the number of BSN prepared nurses in the workforce and how this may affect the nursing profession as a whole .”Research has shown that patient outcomes can be attributed to higher levels of nursing education” (Spencer, 2008, 312). It is necessary to increase the standard of education required to become a nurse, as well as providing each nurse with all the necessary knowledge and training required in leadership, culture, gerontology, ethics, research, theory based practice, and community health.
There are numerous advantages for nurses to obtain a baccalaureate’s degree as opposed to a diploma or an associate’s degree in nursing. The result of baccalaureate education is nurses who are prepared with a broader knowledge base and are conceptualized to provide more holistic health care (Spencer 2008, 308). Presently, with a focus on evidence based practice, it is essential nurses have a clear understanding and a sound knowledge base in research. As well, theory based practice, community health nursing and strong leadership skills all included in the BSN program; contribute to the ultimate goal of delivering a higher quality care to the patients thus increasing positive patient outcomes. There are many incentives for a RN or ADN to pursue a baccalaureate’s in nursing including the prospect of expanding...