A Quality Improvement Initiative to Explore Barriers Facing Associate Degreed Nurses Obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree [paper]




Gersbach, Kendal

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In 2010, the Institute of Medicine recommended that 80% of nurses in the workforce be BSN-prepared by the year 2020 (IOM, 2010). As shown by multiple surveys, the United States did not meet this recommendation by the year 2020. In 2018, a survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services using The National Center for Health Workforce Analysis team reported that only 63.9% of the RNs surveyed held a BSN degree (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2019). The question remains to what is preventing more ADN-prepared nurses from advancing their degree to BSN and beyond. This project aims to identify barriers ADN nurses perceive when enrolling in or completing a bachelor’s degree.


A capstone project submitted to the St. David's School of Nursing at Texas State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Nursing, December 2021.


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Gersbach, K. (2021). A quality improvement initiative to explore barriers facing associate degreed nurses obtaining a bachelor’s degree [Report]. St. David's School of Nursing, Texas State University.


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