top 5 nursing news stories

From a new program to assist veterans entering the nursing field, to a looming nursing shortage in Michigan, read the top nursing news from the week below:

White House Announces New Program to Help Veterans Pursue Nursing Careers

A new program will help veterans with healthcare experience, such as medics, build upon their skills to enter the field of nursing. “The Veterans’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program recognizes the skills, experience and sacrifices of our veterans, while helping to grow our nursing workforce,” said Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services.  “It helps veterans formalize their skills to get jobs, while strengthening Americans’ access to care.” Read more from ADVANCE for Nurses. 

Nurses Deserve Praise for their Contribution to Healthcare, Student Says 

In a letter to the editor, Chamberlain College of Nursing student Claire Mack encourages the public to recognize a nurse during National Nurses Week, May 6-12. “Nurses have long been at the forefront of health care innovation. National Nurses Week is a time to show our appreciation for these efforts to improve not only the health of individual patients, but the health of our nation.” Read more on cleveland.com.

How Old is Too Old for Nursing School? 

Research shows that hospitals have better patient outcomes when they employ baccalaureate-prepared nurses. But for older nurses, is it worth it to go back for the BSN? “If you have the desire [for a BSN], why not go ahead and do it?” said National League for Nursing CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN. Read more from NurseZone.com. 

Number of Nurses Completing their BSN, MSN, Degrees Increasing 

A recent survey by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing found that the number of students enrolled in RN to BSN programs increased by 13.4 percent% from 2010 to 2011, while master’s programs saw a 7.6% increase in enrollments for 2011. “A driving force behind this increase in BSN enrollment is the Institute of Medicine’s ‘The Future of Nursing’ report that calls for the number of nurses who hold BSNs to increase to 80 percent by 2020,” said Betsy Snook, CEO of the Pennsylvania State Nursing Association. Read more from PennLive. 

Nursing Shortage Looms in Michigan 

With thousands of nurses approaching retirement in Michigan, trouble looms, experts recently warned. “We have an aging nursing work force and our nursing faculty is even older,” said Carole Stacy, director of the Michigan Center for Nursing, a program of the Michigan Health Council. Read more the Center for Michigan.

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