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December 2013

1. Editor's Corner

Carol Baffi-Dugan

It is always a pleasure to oversee an issue that provides a robust assortment of articles focused on a particular health profession. I often lend a copy of one of these issues to a particular student who is exploring a field and is eager to learn more.

2. Recognizing the Value of Nursing

Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN
Geraldine “Polly” Bednash, PhD, RN, FAAN

In February 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that Registered Nursing is the top occupation in terms of job growth through the year 2020.

3. From the NAAHP Liaison to the American Association of College of Nursing

Linda Luck

Being advisors to pre-health professions students allows us to be creative, as we meet students with a wide variety of ideas and personalities. Many students whom we are privileged to meet come to us fully grounded and committed to the course they wish to pursue; others are not quite sure about their future life’s work.

4. AACN’s 2012 Survey of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

For 32 years, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has conducted a national survey or member and non-member schools with baccalaureate and higher degree programs to assess trends in nursing education.

5. Nursing’s Commitment to Advancing Interprofessional Palliative Care

Pamela Malloy, MN, RN, FPCN

No other healthcare professional spends more time at the bedside or in the community assessing and managing patients than the nurse.

6. Graduate Nursing Programs: A Guide for the Health Professions Advisor

Robert Rosseter, MBA, MS

Nursing is a dynamic profession that brings many rewards and career advancement opportunities to those committed to lifelong learning.

7. Accelerated Programs: The Fast-Track to Careers in Nursing

Adapted from an AACN Issue Bulletin, April 2002

With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2012) projecting the need for more than a million new and replacement registered nurses by the year 2020, nursing schools around the country are exploring creative ways to increase student capacity and reach out to new student populations.

8. NursingCAS: The Gateway to Nursing Schools Nationwide

Caroline Allen, MS

In March 2010, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) joined with its technology partner Liaison International to launch the nation’s first centralized application service for registered nursing programs called NursingCAS.

9. Employment of New Nurse Graduates and Employer Preferences for Baccalaureate-Prepared Nurses

Di Fang, PhD
Yan Li, MA

In August 2013, AACN conducted its fourth online survey of nursing schools offering baccalaureate and graduate programs in the U.S. to better assess the experience of new graduates in finding employment during these tough economic times.

10. Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs Across the United States: A Benchmark of Information. Part I: Program Characteristics

Kimberly A. Udlis, PhD, FNP-BC
Josephine M. Mancuso, PhD, ANP-BC

The number of doctor of nursing practice (DNP) programs in the United States has dramatically increased. To date, there is a lack of benchmark data regarding DNP program attributes; thus, the purpose of this investigation was to generate such a database.

11. Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs Across The United States: A Benchmark of Information. Part II: Admission Criteria

Josephine M. Mancuso, PhD, ANP-BC
Kimberly A. Udlis, PhD, FNP-BC

The adoption of the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing has led to the exponential growth of DNP programs across the United States.

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