Nursing education today. Better care tomorrow.
- Nurses today play a critical role in maintaining patient safety and ensuring access to life-saving healthcare services. Employers are looking for highly skilled nurses able to translate the latest scientific evidence into practice. They are also looking for nurses to lead and contribute to team-based care as inter-professional practice takes hold in many settings. All of these new demands underscore the need for a well-educated nursing workforce able to meet contemporary practice expectations.
- Momentum is building for advancing nursing education at all levels. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the Tri-Council for Nursing, community college leaders, and other authorities are all united in their view that a more highly educated nursing workforce is critical to meeting the nation’s healthcare needs and delivering safe, patient care. This shared understanding was clearly reflected in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on the Future of Nursing, which has sparked collective momentum for change from stakeholders in academic and practice arenas.
- Quality patient care hinges on having a well-educated nursing workforce. With patient care growing more complex, ensuring a sufficient RN workforce is not merely a matter of how many nurses are needed, but rather an issue of preparing an adequate number of nurses with the right educational mix to meet healthcare demands.
- Employers are recognizing that education makes a difference, and they are moving to hire the best-educated nurses possible. Nurses looking to remain competitive with the essential skills and knowledge needed to thrive across settings are returning to school in greater numbers.
Source: American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2015)