Many people choose to get into the nursing profession because they feel a sense of enlightenment when helping others. However, there is a lot of schooling that goes into this career, which is why more schools are increasing their offerings for nursing degrees.
As schools across the country continue to offer various nursing programs, many are now starting to adopt new standards that will prepare their students for the future of the healthcare industry. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) voted to endorse "The Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing," which are a new set of national standards for the industry.
Industry officials say that this is the best way to keep future nurses up-to-date on changes in the sector.
"Healthcare delivery has changed dramatically in the last 15 years, signaling the need for a new conceptualization of master's nursing education to better serve the patient care needs of the nation," said AACN president Kathleen Potempa. "Nursing's academic leaders have met this challenge by evolving core competency expectations used to prepare master's program graduates to assume increasing accountabilities, responsibilities and leadership roles across healthcare settings."