Importance Of Higher Education For Nursing Essay

1184 Words Nov 15th, 2014 5 Pages
Time to Go Back to School
Importance of Higher Education in Nursing’s Future Tollick (2013) stated that, “Based on the research is it evident that the time has come to end this debate. All nurses must attain a BSN as the minimum entry level into nursing practice” (p. 4). Tollick’s (2013) statement seems all well and good, although there are arguments to contradict this. The baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) is well on its way to becoming the new entry level position in nursing as opposed to the associate degree in nursing (ADN). Nursing education has changed drastically over the last 50 years now emphasizing patient safety and evidence-based practice, thus making the patients’ the “critic” on how well nursing education is effective. An ADN degree would take approximately 18-21 months to complete and consists of 60-72 college credits where no more than 60% of total credits devoted to nursing courses (Coxwell & Gillerman, 2000). A BSN degree consists of 120-140 college credits where about one half to two thirds of courses are not nursing related (Zerwekh & Zerwekh-Garneau, 2011). There has been plenty of debate on this issue for over 50 years concerning the benefits and risks of the direct hiring of only BSN holders (Tollick, 2013). The biggest opposition to the hiring of BSN holders only are the ADN programs, mostly community colleges, which have sensible concepts against this statement that include: shorter education time, NCLEX results, and nurses remaining in…

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