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Nurs Outlook. 2018 Jul - Aug;66(4):394-400. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2018.04.012. Epub 2018 May 3.

Projections of progress toward the 80% Bachelor of Science in Nursing recommendation and strategies to accelerate change.

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Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA. Electronic address: joanne.spetz@ucsf.edu.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

In 2011, the Institute of Medicine recommended that 80% of RNs have a bachelor's degree or higher by 2020. Progress toward this recommendation has been slow.

PURPOSE:

This paper presents a model that projects whether the 80% recommendation can be met within a 10-year period and estimates the impact of education changes that might accelerate progress.

METHODS:

A projection model for 2016 to 2026 was created using a "stock-and-flow" approach. Secondary data were extracted from multiple sources for the projections. The model includes the option to enter alternative values of key parameters to estimate the impact of changes.

DISCUSSION:

Based on current patterns of entry-level and RN-to-BSN education, approximately 66% of RNs are projected to have BSN+‚ÄČeducation by 2025.

CONCLUSIONS:

To reach the 80% goal by 2025, changes in the mix of entry-level education and/or an increase in the number of RN-to-BSN graduates will be required.

KEYWORDS:

Baccalaureate degree; Education; Projection models

PMID:
29903501
DOI:
10.1016/j.outlook.2018.04.012
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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