SE - Structural Empowerment

SE3EO: That the organization has met goals for improvement in formal education. Graphically summarize at least 2 years of data to display changes overtime.

In accordance with the IOM report (2011), Rita Smith, DNP, RN, CNO, NEA-BC and the organization as a whole believes that nurses with higher education are better equipped to take on the challenges of healthcare delivery. Formal education is highly valued and promoted. To maintain compliance with the IOM report’s vision of increasing the proportion of nurses with baccalaureate degrees by 80 percent in 2020, a goal was established to increase the number of baccalaureate prepared nurses employed in the medical surgical unit by 10 percent within a two year period. In 2009, 84 percent of the nurses employed in the medical surgical units were baccalaureate prepared, with continuous organizational support such as tuition reimbursements, and flexible scheduling, the rate of BSN nurses grew to 95% in 2012 among this group of nurses.

Medical Surgical BSN

The nurses employed at Jersey City Medical Center have entered into the profession through several entry points and educational pathways. The BSN degree is the preferred requirement for an entry level nurse. JCMC embraces a culture of ongoing learning and this is evident through the amount of nurses that pursue higher education. In 2011, the nursing staff was comprised of 19 diploma, 76 ADN, 407 BSN, 47 MSN, and 3 doctoral degrees in nursing. Currently, as of July 2012, 83 percent of all nurses at the Medical Center have a BSN degree or higher. Nursing Leadership strives to exceed the recommended IOM goals for 2020.

2011 Nursing Degrees