SDW news brief: New funding will help states boost numbers of nurses with advanced degrees

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, August 22, 2012

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced its selection of nine states to receive funding through its new program, Academic Progression in Nursing. California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and Washington state will each receive two-year grants amounting to $300,000. Each state is expected to establish partnerships between academic institutions and employers and implement strategies to assist nurses in achieving higher degrees.

According to the Institute of Medicine, a better educated nursing workforce will improve the quality of care for patients and will meet the needs of an aging population. Approximately half of all nurses in the United States have baccalaureate or higher degrees. The goal of the Academic Progression in Nursing program is to enable states to develop strategies to increase the number of nurses with advanced degrees, and to create models for other states to utilize.  

Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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