Educational Preparation in Nursing Essay

1251 Words Sep 29th, 2012 6 Pages
Running head: Educational Preparation in Nursing

Educational Preparation in Nursing
Steven Justo

Abstract
The leaders of nursing throughout history have shaped not only the practice of the nursing, but also entrance to the profession via, Diploma, Associates Degree and Bachelors Degree programs. While multiple avenues exist to gain entry into the nursing profession as a Registered Nurse (RN), not all nurses are equally prepared for a professional career in nursing. An aging Baby Boomer generation entering into retirement relying more heavily on the healthcare system, will create a greater demand not only for Registered Nurses with Bachelors Degrees, but furthermore for those RNs with advanced post-graduate degree education to be
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Diploma nursing programs have ultimately succumbed to the high cost of running these programs as the number of college nursing options have also increased. (Friberg, and Creasia).
As the number of diploma nursing programs dwindles, the number of nurses who entered the profession via this method have also decreased compared to their Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) and Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) prepared peers. Current nurses who entered into the profession by apprenticing through a diploma program are often excellent technically skilled nurses. At Northwest Community Hospital (NCH) in Arlington Heights, IL the hospital where this author works, one of the Clinical Nurse Consultants (CNC) working the night shift is a diploma prepared nurse with 35 years experience (20 of which were gained from the ICU and ER). While she does not have any further nursing degree, she has maintained her education through several certifications through the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) to keep up to date with her clinical skills. She has worked in multiple capacities at our hospital including staff nurse, charge nurse, unit manager, and administrative nursing supervisor, and now as a CNC. Unfortunately as our hospital has achieved Magnet status, she has stepped aside from her administrative and managerial positions since all nurse managers and nurse leaders now require at least a BSN or graduate degree in nursing
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