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NURSES: RNs increasingly have bachelor’s degree

The percent of registered nurses with bachelor’s degrees (as their highest educational attainment) increased from about 31 percent in 2011 to 38 percent two years later, according to this survey of nurse executives.  In comparison, the percent with RNs with associate degrees decreased a little bit over the same period, from about 44 percent to about 42 percent.  Here is a complete breakdown of the most current statistics, according to this survey which had 336 responses in 2013.


  • 41.5 percent ASSOCIATE
  • 37.8 percent BACHELOR’S
  • 11.6 percent MASTER’S
  •   5.4 percent DIPLOMA
  •   3.6 percent DOCTORATE

Source: Pittman, P., Bass, E., and Hargraves, J. (2015, Feb.). The future of nursing: Monitoring the progress of recommended change in hospitals, nurse-led clinics, and home health and hospice agencies. JONA. The Journal of Nursing Administration, 45(2), 93-99.  Click here to access publisher’s website: http://journals.lww.com/jonajournal/Citation/2015/02000/The_Future_of_Nursing__Monitoring_the_Progress_of.8.aspx  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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