Kentucky Board of Nursing’s publication, KBNursing Connection recently published it’s Winter edition, featuring an article by Beckfield College, “How one nursing education provider is responding to the industry needs.”
as printed in the publication:
By Deborah Smith-Clay, RN, MSN, PhD (c )
Dean of Nursing, Beckfield College
The evolution of patient care and intense oversight of the role nurses play in our healthcare system continues to increase. As the level of patient acuity rises, so do the necessary skills of nurses on the floor throughout the hospital. Years ago, a medical procedure that required hospitalization for a week or less might now instead be treated as an outpatient procedure. A patient who was in the ICU a decade ago would now find him/herself on a regular floor in the hospital. With this transition of care, skills sets throughout the hospital have necessitated escalation to ensure patient safety and care. Nursing education needs to evolve with the in-field demands of a today’s nurse.
The Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) White Paper: The Future of Nursing: Focus on Education has certainly proven that the minimum of a BSN educated RN on the hospital floor decreases medication errors and deaths, thereby increasing the safe delivery of care. Further recommendations from this same report clarify the need for hospitals and healthcare facilities to increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree from 50 to 80 percent by 2020. This recommendation, along with a hospitals need to maintain or attain Magnet status, has driven up the demand for new competency-based nursing education.