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IOM Report Offers Glimpse of Nursing's Future



An Institute of Medicine report emphasizes the importance of nurse education in healthcare reform and suggests a timeline. The report calls for 80% of RNs to have BSNs by 2020 and for the number of nurses with doctorate degrees to have doubled in the same timeframe. Here is what's in store for bridging the gap between education and practice.



2 comments on "IOM Report Offers Glimpse of Nursing's Future"
Graham M. Suggs (11/4/2010 at 12:06 PM)

While in nursing school in Texas in 1975 the idea proposed was for a BSN to be the entry level for all nurses. Nothing has been accomplished and now we have a report that states 80% of nurses will have BSN's by 2020. I have worked at the bedside for my entire career and actually seen the collaboration between the physician and nursing deteriorate in that the model of evidenced based practice places us in boxes that we are to follow and stifles creative problem solving for health care. Not all patients fit into the same box all the time and to care for the ongoing health care of a patient requires each and everyone of us to think outside of the box.
Jeanenne Watters RN MSN CPHQ (10/14/2010 at 12:01 PM)

Two thoughts: 1) I'd challenge any RN with an ADN to do an RN to MSN program. Takes about the same amount of time as earning a BSN. 2) We need to resolve the shortage of nurse educators before we can demand any RN to obtain further education.