despite bsn in 10 legislation being stalled and north dakota removing bsn requirement~2003, employers are now in the drivers seat seeking bsn only grads. this is possible due to:
1. early 2000's push to increase nursing education programs due to shortage and creation of accelerated bsn programs --swelling ranks of grads by 2009.
2. economic downturn: nurses working increased hours, 2 jobs supporting families as spouses/s.o. laid off.
3. nursing studies proving higher % bsn staff; adequate staffing meeting guidelines = less patients deaths.
4. quality groups + reports like IOM Future of Nursing
5. acceptance of ANA magnet status.
6. desire for highest educated workforce to care for increased intensity of care required by hospitalized patients.
Northeast area urban hospitals from Philadelphia to Boston along with So. California on this bandwagon.
nursing spectrum articles expand above:
it's academic: studies spur push to bsn-in-10 | national nursing news
hospitals begin to require bsns, aren't waiting on bsn in 10 legislation
those considering nursing schools really need to do their homework re what employers are requiring in job ads, online posted positions prior to choosing program.