RN-to-BSN programs in the community college setting: challenges and successes.

The Journal of nursing education

PubMedID: 23316891

Babbo G, Fought S, Holk M, Mulligan AM, Perrone C. RN-to-BSN programs in the community college setting: challenges and successes. J Nurs Educ. 2013;52(2):85-90.
The complexity of health care and the recommendation of the Institute of Medicine to increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80% by 2020 requires educators and other stakeholders to consider a range of structures for providing RN-to-BSN programs. Although relatively few RN-to-BSN programs are offered in a community college setting, the concept is generating interest. This article provides a broad analysis of one region's experience with respect to this trend that is influencing nursing education. Facing significant challenges that are associated with planning and implementing the first bachelor's degree to be offered at a community college in Washington State, faculty from both Olympic College's and University of Washington Tacoma's nursing programs joined in a unique and constructive partnership. The faculty team used plans and successful strategies to overcome potential obstacles. The authors outline recommendations for others considering this approach to BSN education.