As with many other careers in health care, there is a need to balance the current supply of registered nurses in the United States with the expanding demand.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 15% increase in the need for registered nurses between 2016 and 2026. Contributing factors to this occupational growth include an increased emphasis on preventative care, growing rates of chronic conditions, and a demand of healthcare services for the elderly population as they live longer and more active lives. In conjunction with the factors for the increased need in healthcare services, there is also a wave of retiring nurses that will leave 1.2 million job openings between 2014 and 2022.
To address this need for registered nurses, many colleges and universities are building accredited nursing programs, and are working together to offer solutions to bridge the gap—including online learning and non-traditional educational pathways to becoming a registered nurse. Many 2-year colleges that offer programs for an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), have partnered with universities to transition those ADN graduates into a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. With this option, licensed registered nurses with an ADN are able to obtain a BSN through an additional 2 years of study.
The majority of these RN-BSN programs across the United States are offered online, providing flexibility to RNs who are working full time or are not located near a university campus. The increase in these online learning environments presents a challenge related to the access of health sciences information to support nursing faculty and students.
If your campus is supporting nursing programs on campus or off, read on and discover how the R2 Digital Library can help!
The R2 Digital Library features the most comprehensive nursing textbooks presented in an, integrated and intuitive interface. eBooks are available from leading publishers and professional societies and associations.
- Thousands of nursing eBooks from the leading health sciences publishers and professional associations—F.A. Davis, Elsevier, Mosby, Lippincott, the American Nurses Association, ASPAN and more!
- Section-specific search results. Find the answers to a question—QUICKLY!
- Extensive image and video library.
- Tools to integrate content into the library’s LMS, and faculty lesson plans and curriculum.
- Seamless link-out to leading journals.
- Access with an internet connection on desktop computers, tablets and mobile devices.
- Test prep materials.
“We owe our students the very best technology and content, and I have been thrilled with the capacity of R2.” –Shelly Moore, Associate Professor, Middle Tennessee State University School of Nursing
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