Expanding New York-North Carolina “RIBN” collaboration to increase number of baccalaureate-trained nurses in urban and rural settings
The Jonas Center is expanding a successful program in New York City and North Carolina that aims to increase the number of nurses in each region with an advanced education. The program, Multi-Regional Model to Increase the Number of Baccalaureate Nurses in the U.S. (RIBN), joins community colleges and four-year institutions in an approach that streamlines the path from an associate’s to a baccalaureate degree.
Begun in 2008, RIBN is a partnership among the Jonas Center, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Northwest Health Foundation. It is one of 11 initiatives of the Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future (PIN) program- a first-of-its-kind collaboration of the philanthropic community to foster innovations that help address the nursing crisis.
“Today’s nurses need the most up-to-date education to care for our aging population’s complex diagnoses, implement new medical technology and play a pivotal role in health care reform,” said Darlene Curley, Executive Director of the Jonas Center. “Nurses with baccalaureate degrees also feed the pipeline of potential nurse faculty – master’s- and doctorate-prepared nurses – addressing a shortage in the education system that limits the ability to train new nurses.”
Nationally, only 34% of the nurse workforce holds a baccalaureate or graduate degree while roughly 45% have earned an associate degree and 20% a diploma in nursing.
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