Nursing Workforce Analysis

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Increase demand for nurses with advanced degrees. Most nursing jobs nowadays especially for registered nurses require a minimum education/qualification of bachelor’s degree level in. This is due to many hospitals quest for a Magnet designated hospital that is awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to facilities that demonstrated excellence in patient care. This prestigious award provides a definitive benchmark for patients and their families to quantify or measure the quality of care expected at a healthcare facility.
U.S Bureau of Health Professions, Resources and Services Administration (2013). The U.S. Nursing Workforce: Trends in Supply and Education. Retrieved from http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/healthworkforce/reports/nursingworkforce/nursingworkforcefullreport.pdf
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They states the current percentage of Registered Nurses in the workforce that holds a bachelors’ degree or higher are on the rise and understanding the demand for nurses with higher educational level is vital to ensure access to effective healthcare system. They argue that while Registered nurses can enter the workforce at different education levels such as with a diploma or an associate’s degree, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends for future nurses entering the nursing field to obtain higher levels of education to increase the percentage of nurses with a bachelor’s degree and higher to 80 percent by the year 2020. This is to further prepare them with the essential skills and knowledge required to care for the most complex patients’ population as well as to prepare them for roles in advanced nursing practice such as teaching and research.
This article is intended for the state and national workforce recruiters in healthcare field and is relevant to my nursing profession as a future nurse
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