The Answer to "Why Academic Progression?"

The September update from Charting Nursing’s Future, makes the case for greater academic progression for nurses.

Nurses have been responding to the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 Future of Nursing goal of increasing the number of bachelor’s-level nurses to 80% by 2020, with more than 100,000 nurses currently enrolled in a BSN program.

It’s important to note that academic advancement to a BSN is a goal, not necessarily a starting point. Associate Degree in Nursing programs provide an important opportunity to many individuals who may not consider nursing as a viable career option at the BSN level.

It’s never too late to look at additional education. Just like saying “the best time to plant an oak tree was 25 years ago, but the second-best time is today,” an investment in education is well worth the costs.