Navigating Nursing Education

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All nurses must embrace lifelong learning and engage in academic progression to help transform health care. This article explores the various forms of nursing education and focuses on the types of degrees available, different practice roles and pathways, types of educational institutions and programs, and accreditation and its governing bodies. The benefits to nurses who pursue additional education include career mobility, additional responsibilities, and personal satisfaction. The benefits to patients include receiving the most current evidence-based care from a more highly educated and competent workforce.

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