BSN-Prepared Nurses Connected to Fewer Patient Deaths

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    When hospitals hire more nurses with four-year degrees, patient deaths following common surgeries decrease, according to new research by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research as reported in the March issue of the policy journal Health Affairs. Less than half the nation’s nurses (45 percent) have baccalaureate degrees, according to the most recent data available (2008).

    If all 134 Pennsylvania hospitals involved in the study had increased the percentage of their nurses with four-year degrees by 10 percentage points, the lives of about 500 patients who had undergone general, vascular, or orthopedic surgery might have been saved, the researchers found.

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    Good day:

    RE: http://news.nurse.com/article/201303...AL02/103180008

    "When hospitals hire more nurses with four-year degrees, patient deaths following common surgeries decrease, according to a study."

    Does this encourage you to continue to your BSN?

    Thank you.
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    This is very interesting! Thanks for sharing.
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    Hmmm interesting.
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    Old news, but always bears repeating. One reason why, duh, hospitals often advertise as BSN preferred or required.
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    IMO, you can never stop learning! Education is power!!! Why wouldn't you want to get your BSN? I mean, if time and finances permit.
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    Good day:

    While I'm still waiting to hear back if I've been accepted into nursing school, the school for which I applied automatically enrolls accepted students of their AD program into their BSN program should one want to continue on for the BSN.

    It does cause me to pause and think about whether to stop at the ADN level, take the NCLEX, then get a job before pursuing the BSN or just go for the BSN (all this based on getting in graduating, etc.).

    Thank you.
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    Oh I would definitely get a job after ADN. Most hospitals that are "magnet" require you to sign a contract saying you will have your BSN within 5 years!
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    Threads merged.


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