Academic Progression to Meet the Needs of the Registered Nurse, the Health Care Consumer, and the U.S. Health Care System

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Statement of ANA and OADN Joint Position
All nurses must have access to seamless academic progression through high-quality, accredited nursing education programs that will meet the anticipated demand for qualified nurses over the next several decades. The Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) and American Nurses Association (ANA) commit to partnering with nursing and health care leaders, state legislatures and regulatory agencies, universities, colleges, and other stakeholders in supporting and adopting innovative and emerging strategies to achieve that goal.

Purpose
This document identifies current evidence-based strategies that promote seamless academic progression with an emphasis on reaching the Institute of Medicine's (IOM's) Future of Nursing report-recommended goal that 80% of nurses be educated to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree level by 2020.

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