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New Videos Encourage Nurses To Get Their Bachelor’s

Mar. 9, 2017, Salt Lake City, Utah — Two new videos just released by HealthInsight and the Utah Action Coalition for Health (UACH) help inspire and encourage associate degree nurses (ADNs) to continue their education and obtain a bachelor's degree in nursing. The videos are just one part of a larger project aimed at helping nurses become better educated and improving patient care. The effort also furthers the call by the Institute of Medicine for our nation's workforce to become 80 percent baccalaureate prepared by the year 2020. (Utah's nursing workforce is currently about 55 percent baccalaureate prepared.)

The first of the two videos is targeted to newly graduating ADNs and encourages them to continue their education and enter a baccalaureate program as soon as possible. The second video is targeted to ADNs already working in nursing and encourages them to return to school to obtain their baccalaureate degree.

"Ultimately, we want hospital systems, long-term care providers, and other health care professionals to spur academic progression in registered nurses," Joan Gallegos, member of UACH, said. "Organizations with a higher percentage of baccalaureate prepared nurses have better patient care outcomes."

Utah has a higher number of RNs with an associate degree as the qualifying degree for the first RN position (55 percent) compared with the national workforce (39 percent). Currently, associate degree applications for nursing are on the decline, but Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) applications are on the rise. The number of students accepted each year into BSN programs have been growing, with 608 in 2007 and 1,260 in 2014. Release of the new videos will hopefully spur this academic progression.

The videos were developed by HealthInsight, a nonprofit, community-based health care collaborative working to improve health and health care for patients and providers, along with input from local nursing educators, leaders and practice partners. Both videos include experiences by former and current bachelor students and explain how added education not only benefits the nurses doing the job, but also patient care and outcomes.

"University of Utah's RN-BSN program has granted me the opportunity to pursue higher education while also allowing me to continue to practice as a Registered Nurse," said Andrew Stelter. "This program offers an unbeatable work-life balance."

"We expect our nurses to be increasingly agile in learning and putting into practice the best clinical standards in patient care, even contributing to the development of those standards," says Kim Henrichsen, vice president of Clinical Operations and Chief Nursing Officer, Intermountain Healthcare. "We feel nurses who have achieved higher levels of education are better prepared to meet this challenge in a constantly evolving health care environment."

Both videos are now available at the UACH website, along with a list of baccalaureate nursing programs in Utah. Visit http://www.nursinginutah.org for additional information and to view the videos.

Joan Gallegos is available for interviews upon request. Please contact Paige Hoffman to schedule an interview.

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