The Rapid Growth of Graduates From Associate, Baccalaureate, And Graduate Programs in Nursing

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARYGrowth in the number of RN graduates from 2002–2012 has been dramatic and broad based, occurring between both associate and baccalaureate programs, and has included people from all racial and ethnic backgrounds.This growth has occurred in all types of public, private not-for-profit, and proprietary institutions.The growth of RNs with graduate degrees has also increased, particularly since 2004.Given the rapid production of nursing graduates, leaders in academic nursing education are urged to focus on the quality of nursing graduates, take steps to assure that graduates are well prepared for growth in nonhospital settings, ensure graduates are aware of the many challenges they will confront, and are well prepared to seize opportunities that will unfold during an era of health reform.

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