Educational Advancement for RNs Term Paper by Nicky

Educational Advancement for RNs
A discussion of the issues facing nurses today, with a focus on the impact of higher education on nursing practice.
# 147408 | 2,562 words | 13 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Mar 29, 2011 in Medical and Health (Nursing)

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The paper discusses the aging population, the nursing shortage and the increasing demand on nurses in an overburdened healthcare system. The paper focuses on a bill that is designed to require all nurses to have a bachelor's degree and examines three articles that provide evidence that the higher the educational attainment of nurses, the more lives will be saved. The paper also discusses how if nurses had better hours and better pay, many more of them would stay in the profession and care for patients for a longer period of time. The paper emphasizes that more must be done so that patients can have better care and so that people who want to become nurses can complete their schooling.

From the Paper:

"When looking at the question of the nurse's role in health care and health policy, there are some pressing issues that have to be examined. These include the economy, the lack of insurance or HMO coverage that many patients face, the nursing shortage, and problems with Medicare that prevent seniors from getting the coverage and assistance that they need. The biggest and most significant issue, though, is the fact that the population is aging and that means that more people are going to be needing medical care."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aiken, L., et al. (2002). Hospital Nurse Staffing and Patient Mortality, Nurse Burnout, and Job Dissatisfaction. JAMA. 288 (16), 1987-1993.
  • Aiken, Linda H., PhD, RN; Clarke, Sean P., PhD, RN; Cheung, Robyn, B., PhD, RN; Sloane, Douglas M., PhD; Silber, Jeffrey H. MD, PhD. (2003). Educational Levels of Hospital Nurses and Surgical Patient Mortality. JAMA; 290 (12), 1617-1623.
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2008). Nursing Shortage. Retrieved March 15, 2009 from
  • Callahan, Mark A. (2004). Surgical Patients are at Lower Risk of Death in Hospitals with more Degree-Educated Nurses. Evidence-Based Healthcare and Public Health, 8 (2), 67-68.
  • Coalition for Advancement of Nursing Education. Background/Summary. Retrieved March 10, 2009 from

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