November 3rd, 2010
Due to the fact that more than 3 million nursing professionals are expected to play a key role in transforming the U.S. healthcare system, more nurses are being asked to return to school nursing programs to gain additional knowledge.
A number of current and prospective nurses are turning to online nursing programs, such as those that are offered by America Sentinel University (ASU), to obtain an advanced nursing degree designed for registered nurses.
The complexities in treatment regimens and additional knowledge of genetics that are required to help treat patients with multiple co-morbidities – in addition to new legislation – will mandate that professionals in this field pursue further education, experts suggest. As a result, many nursing professionals are updating their skills in an effort to remain competitive.
“I looked at a variety of options: online, traditional classroom and combination programs and I decided on ASU because its online doctor of nursing practice was the best match for my needs,” said Kim Sharkey, vice president of medicine and chief nursing officer at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta.
Experts expect the healthcare reform bill to heavily invest in nursing education and forward-thinking programs that will create and maintain tomorrow’s nursing workforce.
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