Learning from Past Mistakes: The Importance of Experience-Based Education

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Learning from Past Mistakes: The Importance of Experience-Based Education The standard of education required for entry level practice into nursing has been a topic of debate for decades. There is no dispute among both the general public and those in the healthcare field that improving education could only lead to positive results. Controversy arises when dealing with varying ideas of implementation and standards. It is imperative to realize the importance of implementing experienced based education and not just academic education alone. In 1965, the American Nurses Associations (ANA) proposed a baccalaureate degree be required for entry into practice (Taylor, 2008). By taking a look at the past, the author will reveal the quintessential flaws associated with ANA’s proposal. North Dakota, Maine, Montana, and Oregon were selected by the ANA to be the “guinea pigs” of the proposal, perhaps because those states could modify education standards without the involvement of legislation. This paper will explore why only one out of the four states actually implemented, and quickly rescinded, the ANA’s proposal (Smith, 2011). Further examination of the past will shed light on the mistakes made and CULTIVATE different ideas for successful renovation of nursing education. To be considered eligible for entry-level practice in the nursing field, emphasis needs to be placed more on experience-based education versus academic-based education alone. Requiring a BSN to enter into nursing has profound consequences; Most notably the discrimination against people that could not either financially commit to a four year education, or those who could not afford to devote two extra years are automatically excluded from entering into nursing. The United St... ... middle of paper ... ...e a more harmonious and collaborative environment. The ANA did not take the time to contemplate the difference between academic education and experiential education. Works Cited Hess, J. D. (1996). Education for entry into practice: An ethical perspective. Journal of Professional Nursing, 12(5), 289-296. doi: 10.1016/S8755-7223(96)80008-1 Pelayo, L. W. (2013). Responding to the Nursing Shortage: Collaborations in an Innovative Paradigm for Nursing Education. Nursing Education Perspectives, 34(5), 351-352. doi: 10.5480/1536-5026-34.5.351 Smith, T. G. (2011). Entry Into Nursing Practice: A Four State Comparative Study (Doctoral dissertation, Auburn University, 2009) (pp. 1-216). S.l.: Proquest, Umi Dissertatio. Taylor, D. L. (2008). Should the Entry Into Nursing Practice Be the Baccalaureate Degree? AORN Journal, 87(3), 611-620. doi: 10.1016/j.aorn.2007.07.006

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