HCA Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing have partnered to offer a special cohort of the RN-to-B.S. program for HCA Virginia nurses. The nursing school’s online degree allows registered nurses with a diploma or associate’s degree to earn a bachelor’s degree while maintaining full-time employment.

In 2010, the Institute of Medicine released The Future of Nursing report, which detailed the state of the nursing practice at the time and made recommendations for the advancement of the discipline. Among the recommendations was for 80 percent of the nursing workforce to be educated at a baccalaureate degree in nursing or higher by 2020. The recommendation triggered widespread national efforts to develop mechanisms to enhance academic progressions for nurses.

“As a national leader in nursing education, the VCU School of Nursing is committed to addressing the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations for a more educated nursing workforce,” said Jean Giddens, Ph.D., dean of the VCU School of Nursing. “We are very pleased to partner with HCA Virginia in providing an academic progression opportunity aimed at meeting the needs of their associate degree-prepared nurses.”

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