New Rules Send Upstate Nurses (in S.C.) Back to School
Hospitals across the country are now mandating that nurses with associate degrees obtain a Bachelor of Science degree.The change went into effect July 1 for nursing staff at Greenville Health System. The organization anticipates 300 nurses will be required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding stating that they will return to school for a BSN degree within four years.
The change in education requirements for nursing staff is based on a recommendation from the Institute of Medicine. The non-profit advisory group wants 80 percent of all nurses to have a four-year degree by 2020.
"We hope for the patient, it will provide enhanced care," according to Judith Thompson, CEO of the South Carolina Nurses Association.
One rationale behind this is that since the role of the nurse in the hospital is changing and becoming more complex, more education is needed to keep up.
What do you think about making nurses with years of experience under their belts to go back to school or risk their jobs?
I don't think it really matters what we think, because it is happening. Education is never a bad thing. However, not all programs are created equally, and for me the jury is out on whether this truly makes someone a more competent nurse. Having completed an RN to BSN program at one time myself, I did not find there to be more education that would impact my practice, I found the education made me a more well-rounded and educated person, and was a valuable experience.
Last edit by random_nurse12 on Jul 2, '14
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