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Kristen Sabin
Grand Canyon University: Professional Dynamics
November 1st, 2015
The Importance of Continued Nursing Education

The Institute of Medicine has set forth a motion that the rate of Baccalaureate Nurses increases to 80% by the year 2020. The reasoning for this is that healthcare is ever changing and the need for lifelong learning in nurses to adapt to these changes if critical. (IOM, 2010, pg. 48). It is also estimated that the with baby boomer population entering into retirement, there will be an increased need for nurses in general but also for nurses that are capable of handling more complex patient care situations.
The educational need for these nurses to be well trained as leaders, be able to meets the needs of the increasingly divers patient population, and to adapt to medical advances to ensure safe, quality patient care will remain the main focus for nurses. With these standards remaining the same, there will also be focus on promoting nurses to efficiently and collaboratively work with other health care professionals in a wide variety of complex health care situations that are changing on a day to day basis.
There is concern, however, in ensuring that this will happen, as it is estimated that in the next 10 years, half of nursing school faculty will reach retirement age. Along with losing the nursing school faculty, there will also be an estimated loss of 500,000 practicing nurses in the workforce itself. (Aken, 2011, pg. 1) The number of graduates from undergraduate programs, such as Associate Degree Programs (ADN) and Bachelor’s Degree Programs (BSN), continue to go into the workforce, however it is seen that most students go towards the ADN degree for cost and time restraints. It is encouraged that nurses go back early in their career to obtain the BSN degree in order to adequately staff hospitals. ADN’s and even Licensed Practical…...

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