The Nursing Shortage and Advanced Education

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 19th, 2016

Less than half of RNs with an associate’s degree or a diploma plan to pursue any additional education in nursing, according to a survey was conducted by AMN Healthcare. However, RNs ages 19-39 are more likely to pursue higher education, with neanursing shortage_advanced degreesrly 25% planning to obtain a BSN and 34% a MSN, compared with 22% of RNs ages 40-54 planning to pursue a BSN and 22% an MSN.

Of younger nurses, 21% are certified in their specialty, but 59% expect to seek certification.

Current staffing shortages and nurse shortages can be attributed to nurses reducing hours or taking leaves to pursue higher degrees. While these will boost the performance and abilities in the future, it contributes to nursing shortages today.

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