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ADN-to-BSN Articulation, Academic Progression, and Transition

A Proactive, Holistic Approach

Jeffreys, Marianne R. EdD, RN

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000708
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Background Although improvements have been made in articulation agreements, credit transfers, and concurrent enrollments, meeting the 80% BSN by 2020 goal falls short.

Problem Nursing students at key transitional points (such as first- and last-semester students) are faced with numerous academic and career path challenges and opportunities simultaneously, often leaving them overwhelmed and in need of additional support and resources.

Approach Guided by Jeffreys' Nursing Universal Retention and Success model, a proactive, holistic approach for facilitating articulation, academic progression, and transition is presented.

Outcomes Implementation with fourth/last-semester associate degree nursing students and newly admitted RN-BSN students yielded positive student feedback and survey data.

Conclusions Nurse educators can make a positive difference in students' transitional experiences, career path planning, and educational mobility via a coordinated, connected, proactive, holistic approach guided by an evidence-based theoretical framework.

Author Affiliation: Professor, Nursing Department, The City University of New York (CUNY) College of Staten Island, and CUNY Graduate College, New York.

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Jeffreys, CUNY College of Staten Island Nursing Department, 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10314 (

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Accepted for publication: May 7, 2019

Published ahead of print: July 15, 2019

Cite this article as: Jeffreys MR. ADN-to-BSN articulation, academic progression, and transition: a proactive, holistic approach. Nurse Educ. 2019; doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000708. [Epub ahead of print]

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