Cleveland Clinic is one of a growing number of hospitals that expects newly hired nurses to obtain a BSN from an accredited school within five years of their initial employment date. The prestigious medical center has a good reason for this: It has recently attained Magnet® recognition for the third consecutive time from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
One of the most discussed aspects of obtaining Magnet status is the requirement that a significant percentage of floor nurses, and all nursing managers, hold a BSN degree or higher. There’s currently a long list of respected agencies that have concluded RNs should be more educated – and a large body of evidence to support this conclusion. It’s no surprise that many hospitals are taking note and acting on these recommendations.
Like many hospitals that value a more educated nursing workforce, Cleveland Clinic has a generous tuition reimbursement program – and has partnered with American Sentinel University since 2012 to provide a quality, affordable, online educational opportunity for their staff nurses. American Sentinel’s RN-to-BSN program provides CCNE-accredited online education to help nurses acquire critical thinking and leadership skills, which positions them for a successful career and improves patient outcomes.
Ellen Brzytwa, MSN, MPH, RN is a community trustee for the Cleveland Clinic Health System. “Cleveland Clinic’s Nursing Institute is to be congratulated — they helped their institution achieve Magnet designation. Only 258 of the nation’s 7,569 hospitals receive this honor,” she says. “Magnet hospitals are recognized by all sectors of the health care industry. Other nurses and, increasingly, patients know that Magnet facilities offer outstanding nursing care.”
“Cleveland Clinic’s nurses spent over a year collecting and consolidating evidence validating that the Cleveland Clinic meets all requirements for Magnet status. It was a learning journey for the entire organization,” she adds.
American Sentinel understands that, in today’s ever-changing health care environment, the expectations of and demands on nurses are greater than ever before. New federal regulations, recent health care reforms, and Institute of Medicine recommendations have created unprecedented challenges for those working in the industry. At American Sentinel, our online platform and accredited degree programs are designed to address contemporary issues in health care. That means you can immediately begin to apply what you learn to your current job!
Are you facing an employer’s requirement to obtain a BSN degree? If so, the good news is that nurses who’ve made the jump have overwhelmingly reported that the experience was worth it. We know that there are obstacles to overcome, however, as you consider returning to school, so we’ve prepared a list of tips and a handy worksheet that helps you compare BSN programs.
If you’re ready to start exploring nursing schools, we’ve created a handy tool to make the process easier — please download our BSN-Program Comparison Worksheet.
This BSN-Program Comparison Worksheet is tailor-made to help nurses compare the nursing programs and amenities of different schools, side by side. Please download a complimentary copy! Also, talk to a friendly, consultative success advisor at American Sentinel University (866.922.5691 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to see if our flexible, online, CCNE-accredited RN to BSN program is right for you.