The Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report called for the creation and testing of models that promote seamless academic progression to increase the number of nurses with baccalaureate and graduate degrees. AACN responded by developing joint statements with nursing and community college partners that reinforced a commitment to this work and also collaborated with the Tri-Council for Nursing on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Academic Progression in Nursing grant. The national push to increase the education level of RNs has advanced several models, including statewide articulation agreements, dual enrollment programs, and community college-based baccalaureate programs. These models warrant review for national implications regarding best practices, workforce needs, and quality outcomes.
The Task Force will:
1. Evaluate models for academic progression in light of current and future workforce needs.
2. Identify how best to maintain high quality standards in academic nursing.
3. Incorporate contemporary thinking in higher education community concerning baccalaureate degrees granted by community colleges, articulation agreements, and best practices.
4. Review best practices for dual enrollment programs.
5. Consider AACN’s position statement on The Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing as Minimal Preparation for Professional Practice in recommendations.
6. Review and revise as needed the 2005 Position Statement on Baccalaureate Nursing Programs Offered by Community Colleges.
Please address your comments to either the chair or AACN staff liaison noted.
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