General Information About Nursing
What is the nursing shortage, and why does it exist?
The United States is in the midst of a nursing shortage as the need for health care services continues to grow. It is projected that the nursing shortage could be nearly 500,000 by 2025 with a 40 percent RN vacancy rate across the nation (Buerhaus, 2008). Some of the reasons for this projected shortage include the following:
- The demand for health care services will increase as the baby boomer population ages.
- The average age of those nurses in current practice is 46.2 years old, with anticipated retirement in the near future.
- The anticipated reforms in the health care system will provide increased access to health care and the need for more health care providers.
What happens to patients when nurses are understaffed?
- Compromised patient safety
- Negative impact on patient care and undermined quality of care
- Increased medical errors
- Increased stress and fatigue among health professionals
- Increased risk of death for surgical patients
- Increased hospital reports of patient deaths and injuries (American Association of Colleges of Nursing)
Are levels of education related to patient outcomes?
Yes, according to this American Association of Colleges of Nursing Fact Sheet, an increasing body of research links baccalaureate nursing education to lower mortality rates and improved patient outcomes. Furthermore, this Institution of Medicine 2010 Report recommends that the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree be increased to 80% by 2020.
Cedarville University's B.S.N. program
- Biblical viewpoint and Christ-centered focus
- State-of-the-art practical and simulation labs with high- and moderate-fidelity patient simulators
- Highly qualified professors
- High student satisfaction
- Career Opportunities: Employers appreciate Cedarville University graduates because of their strong work ethic and commitment to quality nursing care.
- Global impact: Cedarville makes it a priority to send students around the world through a variety of missions trips and other ministry opportunities.
Are Cedarville's nursing programs accredited?
Yes. Cedarville's B.S.N. program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and has full approval by the Ohio Board of Regents and the Ohio Board of Nursing.
What missions opportunities does Cedarville University provide?
Cedarville makes it a priority to send students around the world through a variety of missions trips and other ministry opportunities. You may be able to share your knowledge and faith at hospitals and villages in places like Togo, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Swaziland, and other areas of the world. In addition, students have opportunities for international and global nursing studies. Contact Cedarville University Missions Involvement Services for more information.
How long does it take to complete Cedarville's B.S.N. program?
Cedarville's nationally accredited B.S.N. program is a traditional four-year nursing program.
Learn more about B.S.N curriculum.
I am interested in missions. What nursing minors do you offer?
Students anticipating service in intercultural or international settings may choose an emphasis in cross-cultural nursing. Course requirements involve an additional 16 semester hours.
Where can I find information about nursing careers and loans for undergraduate students?
How can I learn more?
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