The American Nurses Association is asking registered nurses across our nation to stand up and get involved in the upcoming elections. I am doing just that. As a nurse executive in Connecticut, and a student working to achieve my doctoral degree in nursing, I am speaking out in support of legislators who understand that the transformation of nursing education in our state is imperative for all of our futures.
The Institute of Medicine's 2010 report, "The Future of Nursing," states that in order to meet the health care demands of tomorrow nursing education must undergo radical change. This includes increasing the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020, doubling the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020, ensuring that nurses engage in lifelong learning, and implementation of nurse residency programs.
As House chair of the Connecticut General Assembly's Public Health Committee and as a registered nurse, Rep. Betsy Ritter knows how important this is to our future. Whether you are a nurse, a patient, or a caregiver and you recognize the value that nursing brings to our communities please support Rep. Betsy Ritter on Election Day.