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04-25-2012, 11:19 PM
As a requirement for a nursing policy class my group was challenged to write an arguement in support of an MSN degree requirement for entry level nursing. Below is a copy of our group effort. Please keep in mind that we were required to argue in support of MSN as entry-level. We had a hard time finding articles that supported this stance. Any additional information is welcome! Thanks!

Nursing Education for the Future


In present time, the nursing professions must face the following trends, such as changing demographics and increasing diversity, technological explosion, globalization of the world’s economy and society, shift to population-based care and increase complexity of patient care. Also, following aspect must be included into consideration: cost of healthcare and the challenge of managed care, the education of consumers about alternative therapies and palliative care, health policy and regulation, growing need for interdisciplinary education for collaborative practice, nursing shortage, and significant advances in nursing science and research. All of these elements play an important role of our healthcare today and the future.

BSN is a baccalaureate degree of nursing that its preparation includes in-depth treatment of the physical and social sciences, nursing research, public and community health, nursing management, an the humanities. The additional course work enhances the student’s professional development, prepares the new nurse for a boarder practice, and provides the foundation for processional to advanced practice roles in nursing. The master's degree builds on the baccalaureate degree to enable the student to develop expertise in one area. That specialty can range from running a hospital to providing care for prematurely born babies, to researching the effectiveness of alternative therapies to tackling social and economic causes of health problems. Master's-level study incorporates theories and concepts of nursing science and their applications, along with the management of health care, as well as develops the knowledge, leadership skills, and interpersonal skills that will enable them to improve the health-care system.

The entry level of nursing education into professional field is an ongoing debate. Although estimates vary on the need for more health care providers in the future, there is agreement that a shortage of primary care providers currently exists in rural and other underserved areas (Kirch & Vernon, 2008). In the United States there are more than 6,080 designated primary care shortage areas that require Master’s and higher educational degree prepared RN. The increase the master’s-prepared advanced practice nurses can address the need of primary care in the underserve areas since this level of preparation can give a opportunity of independence practice for NP. In the present time, there is a growth of walk-in clinics in the community setting such as grocery store chains, where family NP provide comprehensive care that address acute healthcare concerns for wide range of populations. However, we must address the deficit of baccalaureate prepared RNs in the hospital and community setting in majority of the states in the present time.

The purpose of this work is exploring the master degree in nursing education as entry-level into nursing profession. It is investigating the strengths and weaknesses of the present expectations of entry-level requirement into profession while discussing alternatives of BSN vervus MSN preparation. It includes recommendations about steps should be taken for Master’s Degreee in Nursing to become an entry-level into the nursing workforce.