Kentucky needs to continue education for registered nurses
Every day throughout Kentucky, 72,000 registered nurses (RNs) are on the front lines for care delivery armed with knowledge, courage and compassion for patients, families and communities.
Nearly a decade ago, strong advances started to occur in Kentucky to power up nursing knowledge after the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) landmark report on the future of nursing.
In 2010, the IOM released “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” which included an action-oriented blueprint to prepare 80% of the nursing workforce at the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) level by 2020.
It’s critical to better health and health outcomes.
BSN rate at an all-time high
KENTUCKY INCREASES BSN WORKFORCE BY 10% SINCE 2010
As you know, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended 85% of workforce to be at the BSN level by 2020, take a look at how Kentucky is doing!
The National Council State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) reports 56% of the U.S. nursing workforce is at the BSN level – an increase from 49% in 2010 – a few states have increases of 13-15%, and a quarter of states have increases of 7-10%.
In KY, we jumped from 43% BSN prepared workforce in 2010 to 53% BSN prepared workforce in 2017.
We (KY) joined 9 states for the MOST growth with preparing BSN workforce since 2010 ->
MO (15%); MT (13.4%); LA (13.3%); OR (13.2%); IL (12.3%); Maine (11.6%); PA (11.5%); KY (10.8%); and OHIO (10.3%)
So PROUD of all the work Kentucky Nurse educators are making to impact patient care delivery!
For more information, check out the Campaign for Action website:
Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales
Significant Changes to Kentucky’s Medicaid Program
We hope you find the below materials to be informative and helpful. They have been created by Kentucky Voices for Health to try to explain in words and pictures the changes in the program, the effects on various groups of Kentuckians, and the various requirements along the way.
Sue Hassmiller’s husband died in a cycling accident about a year and a half ago (Sept 2017). He was hospitalized on a vent for about 7-10 days and then was taken off life support and allowed to die. She wrote a blog about her experience in the ICU—her emotions, the care, etc. She continued to blog regularly for the next year. Since that time, she has used her experience as a vehicle to advocate for compassionate care. The two publications are products of that. Links below.