3 DQ 1

Discuss the correlation between nursing education and positive patient outcomes. Include current research that links patient safety outcomes to advanced degrees in nursing. Based on some real-life experiences, explain whether you agree or disagree with this research.
Increased patient outcomes have been linked to advances in nursing education. The distinction is even more evident in especially complex and technologically advanced clinical environments. The 2010 IOM report stresses the importance of advancing education in nursing and its impact on patient outcomes. Lifelong learning and continuing education are essential elements to meet increasingly complex needs (Grand Canyon University, 2018). One study used administrative and survey data on staffing, education, and work characteristics in Pennsylvania hospitals to evaluate the relationship between nurse education and failure to rescue/mortality rates. The data showed that an increase of BSN prepared nurses was associated with a 5% decrease in patients dying (Grand Canyon University, 2018).
The path my career in nursing has taken me from certified nurse assistant to licensed practical nurse to associate degree nurse to near completion of baccalaureate in nursing. The timeframe with the greatest knowledge attained was the practical nurse level. I wasn’t a blank slate being that I had completed my nurse aide certification a few years prior, but that step made the connections more relatable. The bachelor’s program has been the polishing of my twenty plus years in nursing. I have spent years doing things that I sometimes understood, but most of those times I was not fully capable of understanding the nuts and bolts behind my actions. I firmly agree with all of the research that showed patients outcomes improved because nurses’ education levels.
  
Using 200-300 words APA format with at least two references. Sources must be published within the last 5 years.

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