Carnegie Foundation: Nurse Education, Radical Transformation

Widely reported in higher education media is the release of a new report from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Educating Nurses: A Call for Radical Transformation. (This link will take readers to a summary of the report’s findings and recommendations.)

Analysis may be found in “Carnegie Foundation Calls for ‘Radical Transformation’ of Nursing Education” by Peter Schmidt (Chronicle of Higher Education, available to subscribers) and in “Nursing Tug of War” by David Moltz (Inside Higher Ed, an open-access publication).

Among the more interesting (and, in some instances controversial) recommendations:

  • Require the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) for entry to practice; develop local articulation programs to ensure a smooth, timely transition from the Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN); and develop more Associate’s Degree in Nursing (AND) to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs.
  • Develop teaching methods that keep students focused on the patient’s experience.
  • Vary the means of assessing student performance.
  • Promote and support learning the skills of inquiry and research.
  • Redesign the ethics curricula.
  • Include teacher education courses in master’s and doctoral programs.
  • Support educators in learning how to use “narrative” strategies.
  • Change the requirements for licensure: The Boards of Registered Nurses should require graduates who pass the NCLEX-RN examination (one of two licensure examinations) after 2012 to earn a master’s degree within ten years.

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