Preparing Nurses for Emerging Roles, Dr. Beth A. Brooks

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President Beth A. Brooks’ article, Preparing Nurses For Emerging Roles, was recently published by the Catholic Health Association. In the article, she discusses the changing landscape of healthcare and the resulting effects on nursing schools.

Dr. Brooks discusses a variety of issues surrounding the unknown in the future of nursing. BSN programs have increased in response to the demand by healthcare employers who prefer to hire bachelor’s-prepared nurses over those with associate’s degrees. However, obstacles exist including faculty shortages, long wait-lists for nursing programs and insufficient numbers of clinical sites. Adding to that, healthcare facilities are moving more from an in-patient, acute-care setting to out-patient, home-based and community settings, and there are less and less opportunities for nursing students to gain clinical experience.

She establishes what educational institutions should do in order to continue to provide the same high-quality clinical education needed to adapt to the uncertainties surrounding the issues of nursing shortages and increasing populations requiring healthcare.

Read the full PDF of Preparing Nurses for Emerging Roles from the Catholic Health Association.