Nursing Career Pathways

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Nursing Career Pathways
Bringing Together Local Partners to Fill the Shortage

Nurses of all credential levels are in high demand in SREB states as the population ages and today’s nursing professionals retire. To help states address this workforce shortage, SREB worked closely with employers and educators in Georgia and Kentucky as they forged streamlined nursing career pathways in regions of the two states.

Health-care providers, colleges and local school systems, workforce agencies and elected officials came together to work out everything from credit transfers to job placement. The goal: Give students a clear picture of how to enter the profession and a shorter, more affordable way to progress through the education they need. The pathways include dual credit for high school students with community and technical colleges plus seamless transition to bachelor’s degrees in nursing and employment as nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses and registered nurses.

Blog post Tim Shaughnessy, Developer, Career Pathway Programs of Study

Kentucky Students Can Earn Degree Faster With New Nursing Career Pathway

Most if not all SREB states have a serious, unmet need for registered nurses with Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees  — the preferred credential of many health-care providers. Here’s how Kentucky health-care industry leaders and secondary and postsecondary health educators designed a new, 120-credit hour nursing career pathway in a state where the pathway from high school to the BSN could take up to 168 credit hours — 48 costly excess hours.

Publication Tim Shaughnessy Kirsten E. Sundell May 201717 pages(17V12)
Beginning the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in High School - Report Cover

Beginning the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in High School
How Kentucky Created a 120-Credit Hour Nursing Career Pathway

Beginning the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in High School: How Kentucky Created a 120-Credit Hour Nursing Career Pathway describes how SREB spent a year working with a coalition of Kentucky educators and health-care employers to develop a seamless sequence of courses and credentials that help students transition from high school to community and technical college programs, the BSN and employment as nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses (RNs).

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Beginning the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in High School - Report Cover

Kentucky Nursing Career Pathway
SREB worked with educators and employers to create a seamless pipeline from high school to high-demand health careers

Beginning the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in High School: How Kentucky Created a 120-Credit Hour Nursing Career Pathway describes how SREB spent a year working with a coalition of Kentucky educators and health-care employers to develop a seamless sequence of courses and credentials that help students transition from high school to community and technical college programs, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and employment as nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurs