Rural Nursing Workforce: Current Educational Characteristics and Options for Improvement

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September 2017
Anticipated completion date:
October 2019

Rural areas in the U.S. have fewer nurses per capita than urban areas, and those nurses are more likely to have associate's rather than bachelor's degrees. Given the Institute of Medicine's goal to raise the proportion of registered nurses (RNs) with bachelor's-level degrees to 80% by 2020, research is needed to examine the educational attainment of RNs across the U.S. and explore registered nurse to bachelor of science in nursing (RN-to-BSN) program activities to attract, train and place nurse trainees in rural communities.