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Diffusion of a Nursing Education Innovation: Nursing Workforce Development Through Promotion of RN/BSN Education

Diaz Swearingen, Connie MSN, RN, PHCNS-BC, CNE; Clarke, Pamela N. PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN; Gatua, Mary Wairimu PhD, MSW; Sumner, Christa Cooper MSW/ENR

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0b013e318296dd26
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Despite state, national, and organizational objectives to increase the proportion of nurses with a bachelor’s degree or higher, a majority of nurses hold an associate’s degree in nursing. To address the need for a better-prepared nursing workforce in this rural state, an RN/BSN recruitment and retention project was implemented. The authors discuss the Leadership Education to Advance Practice project and its outcomes.

Author Affiliations: Project Codirector, Lecturer (Ms Diaz Swearingen), Professor and Director of Community Health, Project Director (Dr Clarke), Project Coordinator (Dr Gatua), and PhD Student and Graduate Research Assistant (Ms Sumner), Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing, University of Wyoming, Laramie.

Funding for this project was provided from Health Resources and Services Administration grants D65HP03149, D11HP08370, and D09HP18988.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Connie Diaz Swearingen, Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing, University of Wyoming, Dept 3065, 1000 E University Ave, Laramie, WY 82071 (

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