The Institute of Medicines BSN Initiative nursing in the 21st century Discussion

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In 2010, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended that the nursing profession increase the number of registered nurses (RNs) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN) to 80% by 2020. Some implementation initiatives include:

  • In 2014, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) stated that hospitals hoping to earn Magnet status must provide proof of plans to increase their BSN workforce to 80% by 2020.
  • In 2017, New York State passed a law requiring all nurses to earn a BSN within ten years of receiving their RN license.

Read this week’s article introducing this topic from, (…)and then research this topic further. Answer the questions below:

  • What are the reasons for the move by the IOM and AACN to increase the number of RNs with a BSN degree?
  • Do you agree that nurses with a BSN degree are better equipped to manage nursing in the 21st century?
  • What steps have healthcare organizations taken to meet the goal of employing 80% nurses with a BSN degree by 2020?
  • What challenges have healthcare organizations faced in attempting to meet this goal?

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