Carnegie Foundation suggests more education for RNs
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).