Moving from ADN to BSN: What Works for Washington RNs?

On June 12 and 13, the Washington Center for Nursing hosted two safe table forums in Spokane and Seattle, respectively, to engage in cross-sector learning, conversation, and thoughtful problem solving with nurses, nursing students and employers, to find out the barriers and incentives for employed RNs in Washington State to achieving educational advancement.

The issue brief and follow-up paper is attached.

by Olena Rypich | October 14, 2013

Tags: diversity, education, leadership, practice, washington

Emily Norian

I found this article to be extremely interesting, as I am currently in an accelerated BSN program myself. Since I started this program, this issue has been called to my attention several times and I was unaware of the status of the situation. As with all issues, I think that it is crucial to acknowledge all sides to every argument and I believe that this article does just that. Personally, I do feel that BSN programs better prepare nurses to reach their full potential and provide the best care possible to their patients. As we continue to improve our health care system, it is becoming increasingly essential for nurses to be held to the highest standards. It is easy for me to say because I am lucky enough to currently be in a BSN program preparing myself for my future as a nurse. I have never really thought about all of the barriers to those already in the field who are not BSN-prepared nurses and what might prevent them from returning to complete their BSN education. After reading this article, I have a much better understanding of the issues of those involved and the need for interventions in order to make this possible for those nurses going forward. For instance, cost and accessibility are huge matters that must be addressed if this switch is going to take place and we can definitely stimulate this change by providing incentives for those who do return for their BSN.
Posted on: November 10, 2013, 6:06 pm


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