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Educational Model to Increase the Number and Diversity of RN to BSN Graduates From a Resource-Limited Rural Community

Hawkins, Janice E., PhD, RN; Wiles, Lynn L., PhD, RN, CEN; Karlowicz, Karen, EdD, RN; Tufts, Kimberly Adams, DNP, WHNP-BC, FAAN

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000460
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Increasing the number of BSN-prepared nurses at the bedside is directly linked to improved health care outcomes. However, employers are challenged to find enough BSN graduates to meet workforce demands. This article presents an educational model that uses evidence-based practices to increase enrollment, retention, and graduation rates of RN students in a BSN program (RN-BSN) in a resource limited rural community. This exemplar may equip nurse educators with strategies to adopt in their own communities.

Author Affiliations: Senior Lecturer (Dr Hawkins), Assistant Professor (Dr Wiles), and Associate Professor (Dr Karlowicz), School of Nursing; and Professor (Dr Tufts), College of Health Sciences, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.

The project was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration(HRSA) (grant number: D19HP29301), an operating division of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Health Resources and Services Administration or the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Hawkins, School of Nursing, Old Dominion University, 4608 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23529 (

Accepted for publication: August 17, 2017

Published ahead of print: October 4, 2017

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