Community College Times recently posted this article on nursing:
Aligned on Academic Progress For Nurses
In a move to support all nurses moving to advance their education, leaders from national organizations representing community college presidents, boards and program administrators have joined with representatives from nursing education associations to endorse a joint statement on nursing education.
The statement represents a shared goal of preparing a well-educated, diverse nursing workforce, and that nursing students and practicing nurses should be supported in their efforts to pursue higher levels of education. Endorsing organizations include the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), theAssociation of Community Colleges Trustees, the National League for Nursing and the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing.
“For the nation and the communities we serve, there can be no larger imperative than to ensure the health and well being of our citizens,” AACC President Walter Bumphus said in a press release. “Such a goal is at the heart of the work community colleges do in preparing close to half of all new nurses, and it is central to our support for this new collaboration to support educational progression.” (Via Times Staff, Community College Times.)
Click here to read the joint statement on academic progression for nursing students and graduates.
Next, turn your attention to a commentary on Nursing by Donna Meyer who is president of the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing, dean of health sciences and project director of the Lewis and Clark Family Health Clinic at Lewis and Clark Community College in Illinois.
Moving Forward on The Nursing Credential Debate
Associate degree nursing programs across this country have produced highly qualified graduates over the past 50 years. Community college nursing graduates have provided exceptional nursing care to people of this country. Many of the graduates have continued their education and had careers in nursing education, nursing administration, nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists and many other career paths, including a community college president.
The National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (N-OADN), an affiliated council of the American Association of Community Colleges that is the leading advocate for associate degree nursing, promotes academic progression of associate degree in nursing (ADN) graduates in furthering education to reach their maximum professional potential. N-OADN supports the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health report which states “nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.”
As the largest and most trusted healthcare profession, it is imperative that nurses unite at this most crucial time in meeting the healthcare needs of this country. N-OADN commends the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP, for bringing all levels of nursing education and nursing practice in collaboration through the state health care coalitions.
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