The baccalaureate degree in nursing as an entry-level requirement for professional nursing practice

J Prof Nurs. 1998 Jul-Aug;14(4):225-33. doi: 10.1016/s8755-7223(98)80063-x.


The education of professional nurses must take place in institutions of higher learning with a bachelor of science in nursing degree required for beginning professional practice. Nurses educated in these academic settings should be socialized as professionals with a philosophical and value system that is compatible with this role. This education should be flexible, diverse, and directed toward providing the nurse with a solid base for general, professional nursing practice. Nursing as a profession is a social institution and must present itself as a strong, unified profession to survive the inevitable changes occurring on the health care front. By tracing the evolution of the entry-into-practice dilemma, a systems archetype and two mental models that currently drive nursing and jeopardize its potential to meet the demands of the emerging health care market are identified. The authors offer a high-leverage solution to the entry-into-practice dilemma that they believe will strengthen the nursing profession.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • American Nurses' Association
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate / organization & administration*
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Marketing of Health Services
  • Models, Educational
  • Models, Nursing
  • Organizational Policy
  • Professional Autonomy*
  • Professional Competence / standards*
  • United States