Accelerated nursing program is to satisfy the need of Million Nursing jobs target set, to be achieved by 2016, based on the forecast by Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is like a repeat of Gold Rush.
Nursing schools find themselves busy, in planning and implementing Accelerated nursing program, in their curriculum. The program is focused on increasing their capacity to accommodate more number of students as well as to enhance capability affecting upgrading of their courses to meet the need of higher education by the nursing students.
The stress is for maintaining the quality of content and train nursing students, achieving their competence to face the competition, created by the massive need for competent nurses.
Accelerated Program Taking Firm Roots:
One of the special features of accelerated program, preparations of which are taking place through out the country and is very fast taking concrete shape, in response to the changed scenario is related to offering degree courses to non-nursing graduates raising their education to baccalaureate and masters level.
These programs are oriented to ensure, that there is effective transition of non-nursing graduates of other discipline background, to learn and become proficient in the trade of Nursing after completion of their course.
The incidence of 11th September was horrible and the US nation was not prepared to meet such a holocaust. There has been mobility of economy from one sector to another because of very complex factors driving the economy. Some sectors face weak or retarded growth, where as other sectors progress thus creating shifting of job opportunities. Some sectors stagnate in their growth, whereas other sectors witness, lot of dynamism in their growth.
Influencing Interest in Nursing Sector:
Most of the adult population, now feels interested to adopt, nursing as their new found career and wish to fill the gaps in booming nursing sector. They have desire for a change and are prepared for getting the necessary training and move up fast as nursing professionals. Their previous experience in some other sector shall be an added advantage to their fast picking up and grow in their career.
To encourage the interest further and making success of the accelerated baccalaureate program, it has been modified for the benefit of persons jumping from non-nursing sectors to nursing sector. There shall be a very short period of training, for becoming a Registered Nurse, which normally requires 12 to 18 months.
The master’s degree for such category of new entrants shall be completed in duration of 3 years. The first year shall be for completing baccalaureate-level nursing teaching and training and subsequently next two years shall ensure finishing graduation in nursing.
Accelerated Program 15 Years Successful Operation:
This is absolutely not a new program. Such programs have already been developed during the last 15 years on a limited scale. As a result of these programs already available, during the year 1990 there have been 31 accelerated baccalaureate programs abbreviated as (BSN) along with 12 generic master’s programs abbreviated as(MSN), were made available all over US and successfully completed.
Based on the past performance and success now there are 205 accelerated BSN programs, which have been offered and are functional. The generic master’s programs have witnessed an increase to 56 programs.
The database maintained by AACN’s pertaining to enrollment and graduations compiled by collecting data as a result of responses from around 650 institutes representing about 86 % of the total institutes participating in the program.
Now there are additional 37 accelerated BSN programs under various stages of planning and implementation. These programs are far greater in number than the normal 4 year entry level courses conducted regularly. Besides BSN programs, there are 13 additional generic master’s degree programs under planning and implementation.
Preferences in Selection:
The Graduates from Accelerated Programs are accorded higher priority by the employers, because of their varied experience, which they shall be in a position to practically introduce during their working in nursing facility departments in comparison to fresh graduates.
Among many employers appreciating the performance of accelerated program students, one very significant appreciation, which employers express, relates to maturity of these graduates possess over other students, making them eligible for higher responsibilities. Few employers are encouraged by their responses and have created their own schemes to refund tuition fee to such graduates, with the objective to secure their employment with them.
Graduates of accelerated programs are treated as a special candidate by nursing employers, who value their diverse multi-dimensional skills and education, which these graduates bring to their area of working. Employers comment that these graduates are highly mature. They acquire better clinical performance.
A Change in Perception Favoring Second-Degree Students:
The circumstances make second Degree students highly motivated and serious to learn and understand new education in comparison to fresh school entry students. Accelerated program students show more interest for learning clinical experience and pose their questions frankly to the instructor, while the training is in progress, thus their queries get solved on the spot in comparison to fresh students, who hesitate, not realizing the effect of some thing not understood or wrongly understood.
The faculty observations indicate that the second degree students have higher learning skills. Second-degree students, when complete their accelerated program, they shall be in a position to bring in lot of innovations in nursing services as a result of their previous experience. As a consequence of the accelerated program scheme, there is spurt in the admissions to the institutes sporting these programs.
The schools conducting accelerated Nursing programs and employers recruiting second degree students are highly appreciative of such students and employers have their preference for second degree students.