Carnegie Foun­da­tion sug­gests more ed­u­ca­tion for RNs

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Cit­ing re­cent re­search show­ing that pa­tients have bet­ter sur­vival rates in hos­pi­tals with more-ed­u­cated nurses, a new study from the Carnegie Foun­da­tion for the Ad­vance­ment of Teach­ing is rec­om­mend­ing that all en­try-level reg­is­tered nurses be man­dated to have bac­calau­re­ate de­grees and to get mas­ter’s de­grees within 10 years of li­cen­sure. Sev­eral schol­arly stud­ies since 2003 have con­cluded that pa­tients in hos­pi­tals with higher pro­por­tions of bac­calau­re­ate-trained nurses have lower mor­tal­ity rates. A 2008 study by Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia re­searchers found that a 10% in­crease in nurses with bach­e­lor’s de­grees cor­re­lated with a 5% de­crease in the risk of death and fail­ure to res­cue for sur­gi­cal pa­tients. The Carnegie re­port, Ed­u­cat­ing Nurses: A Call for Rad­i­cal Trans­for­ma­tion, comes as a com­mis­sion from the In­sti­tute of Medicine is in the midst of its own year­long in­quiry called the Ini­tia­tive on the Fu­ture of Nurs­ing (July 20, p. 6).

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