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They are talking about this topic: Experience & Credentials


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There is a trend in acute-care settings to hire bachelor-level registered nurses (RNs). Long-term care is more flexible in hiring bachelor- or associate-level RNs and relies more heavily on licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and nursing assistants.

Employer Quote Region
"I was just thinking from the acute care setting perspective. You know, we've really been trying to recruit the traditional bachelor prepared nurses because we feel like we are going to get some more of that critical thinking or that broad-picture view." Central
"From the clinic's side, I want to add to that—even though I'm in the lab I pay attention to what's going on with my colleagues—we also are looking at the bachelor prepared RN as turning that mix around." Central
"The other piece that I think we are seeing is when the program, you know, it's a transitional program from an LPN to an RN, so it's maybe a different sort of graduate. And maybe that's where some of those skills, the ability to see the big picture and focus, have that sense of professional practice—and that's one of the concerns that we've seen." Central
"We are actually moving to hiring only four-year degreed RNs for our long-term care facility. And we have standard long-term care, we have sub-acute, and we have memory care. And, because of the leadership skills that they need, we are finding that that's a better choice for us as we move forward." Central
"Certainly in acute care our goal is to have a much higher percentage of bachelor prepared nurses." Central
"We've seen a lot of people go through the ranks as a nursing assistant to a CNA to an LPN, and then—they're always taking that step up—the RN. And it doesn't matter if it's a two-year or four-year. I've had people in all kinds of leadership roles, and I would say some of my LPNs are very good at what they do and would be a better role model or leader than some of my RNs." Metro
"There's an entire change in the role of the RN in the clinic setting, so I would lean in the direction of a BSN because I think they have community exposure, public health exposure, a family focus, and the ability to case manage.

Question: And you get that with those other two years?

Employer: I think so. Yeah, I mean, I went through a BSN program, and that's what I appreciated about it."
"Question: In long-term care facilities, you don't have to have a four-year RN degree to work, whereas it sounds like in a hospital...

Employer: Well, we still hire associate degrees, but we're trying to increase the percentage."
"We're hiring associate-degreed RNs, too." Metro
"Employer 1: We hire two-year RNs in long-term care.

Employer 2: So, maybe that's a difference between long-term care versus acute-care."
"I think there's an imbalance between the number of AA-degreed students coming out of school and the BSN students. And the demand is more on the BSN right now because of the IOM and people wanting to get 80 percent of their nursing staff at that level or above." Metro
"Our administrator has the lifelong certification for administrator via the internet. So, she did everything online. And, you know, our RNs have associate's degrees. And we're assisted living, so—by law—we don't even need a nurse in the building. We need an RN on-call. Not a bachelor of nursing on-call; we need an RN on-call. So, what we've done in our long-term care facility is above and beyond what is expected. So, credentialing—I don't how to answer that. It's working for us where we are. Making us do two more or four more years of school that's not necessary..." Northwest
"At the time, when I used to teach at the tech colleges, I'd say send them over my way because they have a year left and they have a two-year LP, a two-year associate LPN, and then you move them up. And then you say, 'Do you want your RN? Are you a four-year?' You move them up that way because they don't have access to the BSN." Northwest
"Question: What if the acuity level changes in the next five to ten years?

Employer 1: What if you become the mini-hospital?

Employer 2: We have it. We have a short stay area, which is a higher acuity level. And, for that, we do have a different staffing ratio, more staff competent in different levels, and the ratio of RNs is higher. But that only represents about one-third of our present population right now."
"Question: Would more baccalaureates make sense in your facilities?

Employer 1: Not right now.

Employer 2: Not right now, no."
"In our clinic, we're utilizing the certificate—not necessarily the advanced technologist. We're using people who have a two-year degree as opposed to a four-year degree. [Lost in transcription] also has a—I think it's a technology program for clinical lab tech. We're utilizing more of the certificate lab program versus the technology. The four-year degree." Northwest
"I think in the assisted living field we rely so much more on registered nursing assistants versus RNs and LPNs, which is an area that wasn't included in with the stats." Southeast
"I stock the department of nursing, and it's mostly RNs. A lot of you may know about the trend where it's bachelor-level prepared nurses. That's where we are heading in the acute care setting. I don't want to discourage associate-level nurses, but that's the trend we're seeing. So, students should be aware of that going into an associate's degree—that they may need to go on in schooling once they're in that setting, to get their bachelor's to be more competitive in the market. Because it is a very competitive market right now." Southeast
"From that lab perspective, we found out that, in the rural areas, a lot of times we can't be beggars/choosers over the two-year or the four-year degree person. We have two-year people working side-by-side with the same responsibilities—and some that are in supervisory roles just because of their longevity with the facility. They've performed well and so they've been able to take on more of those responsibilities." Southeast
"In regards to clinical lab technicians or technologists, we definitely hire a lot more technologists that have the bachelor's education. If they do go further to get a certification, then that puts them above for promotions or getting into specific fields." Southeast