Nursing Degrees: Raising the Universal Standards in Nursing Care

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Nursing Degrees: Raising the Universal Standards in Nursing Care I. Introduction Findings stated in research studies include that employers and hospitals do not believe that bedside nurses need advanced degrees and specifically demonstrate that employers of nurses believe that today's' nurses are overqualified. Madeline Leininger held that nursing care suffers from cultural ignorance and that for this reason the quality and level of care the nurse is able to provide is hindered. II. Research Objective The objective of the research in this study is to examine what steps should be taken by and in regards to the nursing profession to raise the quality and level of care provided by nurses and specifically what steps should be taken to increase the awareness of the need for nursing professionals to attain a higher level of educational achievement. III. Statement of Problem Nurses today are more exposed to media that encourages advanced degrees however; this attainment is not supported for the nurse as historically nurses with a master's degree were moved into administrative or management positions. (American Nurses Association, 1965) Nurses now understand that the knowledge obtained when earning an advanced degree increases their ability and empowers them to deliver better quality care. However, the problem that exists is the lack of support for nurses to attain advanced degrees in the field of nursing. IV. Research Questions The questions addressed in the research

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