Ohio Lawmakers May Mandate Nurses to Pursue Higher Degrees to Improve Quality Outcomes

Ohio lawmakers have formed a committee, charged with discussing the possibility of mandating all nurses to obtain a bachelor's degree within 10 years, according to a Lancaster Eagle report.


The forming of the committee comes as hospitals are increasingly hiring nurses who have more than two years of study and training in the field.

The push by Ohio hospitals, such as Kettering Health Network, stems from a growing body of literature that suggests advanced nursing training leads to improved patient outcomes, such as fewer complications and shorter length of stay, according to the report.


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Kettering Health Network, for example, requires "newer" nurses to obtain a bachelor's degree within five years in order to keep their nursing positions.

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