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RN education: A matter of degrees

Bernier, Sharon RN, CS-P, PhD


How does an RN's educational level affect the quality of patient care? Two nurse-educators sound off about a new study linking higher degrees to better patient outcomes, and the study's author weighs in too.

New research led by Linda H. Aiken, RN, PhD, has reignited the debate about RN education. Here we present opposing viewpoints from two nurse-educators, plus comment by Dr. Aiken.

President, National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing, Director, Montgomery College Nursing Program, Takoma Park, Md.

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