Does nursing education affect patient outcomes? Review Journal Club discussion and key points here.

Does nursing education affect patient outcomes? Review Journal Club discussion and key points here.

Robin Colchagoff, MSN, RN

Robin Colchagoff, MSN, RN

 Couldn’t make February’s Journal Club? Here’s a quick review.

The Future of Nursing report, which recommends the percentage of RNs with baccalaureate degrees be increased from 50% to 80% by 2020, is being discussed from hospital board rooms to nursing stations.

During February’s Journal Club, Robin Colchagoff, MSN, RN, Clinical Educator of Labor and Delivery, presented the research article, Baccalaureate Education in Nursing and Patient Outcomes

Here are the key points:

  • A body of evidence is growing that demonstrates better patient outcomes with BSN education
  • CNOs and nurse managers are starting to express a preference for hiring BSN nurses
  • This study looked at nurse sensitive indicators- pressure ulcers, CHF mortality, failure to rescue, hospital acquired infection, DVT/PE, and length of stay > expected – and found lower rates for those hospitals with a higher percentage of BSN prepared RNs.
  • Authors support continued research related to nursing education and outcomes

For a list of prior Journal Club articles, please visit the Journal Club link on the Nursing website.

-Cathaleen Ley, Ph.D, RN, Chair, Nursing Research Council

2 comments

  1. Posted by Cheryl, at Reply

    Robin, you did a wonderful job presenting last month’s journal club topic with great evidence based practice to support it!

  2. Posted by Gena Kosmides, at Reply

    Excellent bullet points and interesting information. Thank you Robin for the presentation.

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