The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the Maryland Action Coalition academic progression activities.BACKGROUND
Maryland is predicted to be one of four states that will experience a shortage of 10,000 or more registered nurses in 2025. The Maryland Action Coalition has committed to the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing recommendation that 80 percent of nurses be educated at the baccalaureate (or higher) level.METHOD
Various approaches to seamless academic progression are described. The Maryland articulation model was revised to reflect new academic models.RESULTS
More BS and BSN degrees have been awarded, and more employers have advertised a preference for RNs who have completed a baccalaureate degree.CONCLUSION
Maryland is developing a solid foundation to ensure that the state has a well-educated nursing workforce to meet the complex health needs of all residents.