As the baby boomer generation ages and the U.S. places growing emphasis on preventative care, America faces a looming nursing shortage that only higher education can address.
By 2022, more than 2 million nursing professionals will be needed to replace those retiring from the field.* To address that impending shortage and the nation’s rapidly changing healthcare needs, the Institute of Medicine recommends the share of nurses with Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees increase to 80% by 2020.† It’s likely that online BSN programs, particularly RN to BSN online programs, will help answer that call.
From offering RNs a convenient way to pursue higher education to training nurses to meet the needs of an aging population, here are five ways online RN to BSN programs will help address America’s nursing shortage.
Online RN to BSN programs are often the easiest way for nurses to receive the undergraduate nursing degree so vital to the future of patient care and nurse education. Ready to get your bachelors of science in nursing? Learn how Walden University’s Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)-accredited RN to BSN online program is helping more RNs earn their BSN degree.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Economic News Release, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/news.release/ecopro.t08.htm.
†The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, on the Internet at http://www.nationalacademies.org/hmd/Reports/2010/The-Future-of-Nursing-Leading-Change-Advancing-Health.aspx
‡J. Knickman and E. Snell, The 2030 Problem: Caring for Aging Baby Boomers, Health Services Research 37(4), on the Internet at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1464018.
§National Council on Aging, Chronic Disease Management, on the Internet at www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/chronic-disease.
Walden University’s DNP, MSN, and BSN programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036, 1-202-887-6791. CCNE is a national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate education programs. For students, accreditation signifies program innovation and continuous self-assessment.