Originally published on Excelsior Life on July 23, 2014
Improved patient outcomes and reduced health care costs are the result of increased levels of education among nurses. This was a finding from a study produced by the Institute of Medicine and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. As a result, there is a national effort underway to achieve the goal of having 80 percent of registered nurses earning a bachelor’s degree by 2020, an increase from the approximately 50 percent currently educated to this level or higher. Entry into the profession is typically via an associate degree.
Dr. Barbara Pieper, Director, Robert E. Kinsinger Institute for Nursing Excellence.
Excelsior College’s accredited School of Nursing has received a three-year, $1,019,181 award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to help meet the 2020 goal by assisting qualified military veterans to earn their bachelor’s degrees in nursing.
“We hope to address two significant issues facing our nation with this grant,” said Barbara Pieper, PhD, associate dean of nursing for Excelsior College and director of the Robert E. Kinsinger Institute for Nursing Excellence. “While promoting advanced degree attainment among qualified veterans, we will be also be infusing into our courses materials that increase awareness among all our nursing students of the health care needs of our military personnel, veterans, and their families.”
Excelsior is in the process of hiring two nurse educators who have military experience to develop this new program, positioned to best serve our nation’s veteran nursing students.