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Nursing News: More Degrees Needed in the Nursing Workforce

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, March 29th, 2012

In October 2011, the Institute of Medicine released its landmark report on The Future of Nursing, initiated by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, calling for an increase of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in the workforce to 80% and doubling the population of nurses with doctoral degrees. The current nursing workforce falls short of these recommendations with 50% of registered nurses prepared at the baccalaureate or graduate degree level.

During the recession, when jobs have been fewer, many nurses have elected to go back to school and take a break from the nursing workforce, or new grads decided to go on for more education while waiting for the ideal job. Hopefully, this will help alleviate this expected nursing shortage.

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