The Same Goal in Mind

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The Same Goal in Mind
Zakiyyah Beyah

The Same Goal in Mind
Abstract
Higher education has been the determining factor for better patient outcomes in nursing. Life events have prevented many nurses from pursuing education advancement. With new found support this goal is becoming more attainable for all nurses to achieve.

The Same Goal
The Same Goal in Mind
There is much debate on the correlation between baccalaureate educated nurses and better patient outcome. Some feel that higher educated nurses are vital to meeting the demands of our ever changing healthcare needs. “A well-educated, highly-skilled, and diverse nurse workforce is critical to meeting future healthcare needs.” (Department of Health and Human Services [DHHS], 2011). Scientific studies have been conducted to support this parallel. Research shows that healthcare institutions with higher percentages of baccalaureate-prepared nurses benefit with better patient outcomes in addition to significantly lower mortality rates (American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN], 2012). This research resulted in the healthcare industry taking great strides to increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses. This paper will discuss some strategies put in place by healthcare facilities, educational institutions, and government legislation to help encourage diploma and associate degree nurses obtain their Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN).
Continuing education is vital to the development and maintenance of strong nurses. Baccalaureate education for practicing nurses is the way to retain the best and brightest nurses (McGrath, 2008). Healthcare facilities throughout the country have realized the need for higher educated nurses and have placed both strategic barriers and incentives in place to obtain the most educated nurses. As mentioned

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