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By Vanessa Strong

The legislation that I would bring to the Senate is that all nurses must receive their bachelors’ degree within ten years. In order to make this happen I would push for hospitals to help with tuition reimbursement for their nurses to encourage the strive for education including flexibility in their schedules to get educational needs done. There is an increase in the amount of elderly and complex care that needs higher-skilled nurses (Nursing Licensure, n.d.). A bachelors’ degree has an increase emphasis on theory that helps build collaborative and decision-making skills, while clarifying the nature of the nurse model of care (Trossman, 2008). Through increase skills in collaboration and decision-making we are able to better provide care for complex patients.

The healthcare platform I am proposing is BSN in 10. As Nurses, patient care advocates, and patient care providers we must promote the best care possible. Through advanced education we can provide more accurate care that is in the best interest of patients. The cornerstone of my platform is that all nurses must provide the best care possible to all patients and if that involves more education we must continue to educate ourselves.

According to Trossman (2008), “Pennsylvania School of Nursing found that a 10% increase in the proportion of nurses with a bachelor’s degree was associated with a 5% decrease in both the likelihood of surgical patients dying within 30 days of admission and the rate of failure to rescue.”

According to Edwards (2012), “The nationwide cost at that time of preventable hospital mistakes was estimated to be between $17 billion and $29 billion per year.” Through quality nursing care and increase education we are able to reduce the number of errors and eliminate preventable hospital mistakes saving us billion of dollars a year. To educate nurses with a bachelor degree will be much less than paying for the amount of mistakes that are happening every year. BSN prepared nurses demonstrate increased productivity and better patient outcomes (Edwards, 2012).

Health care error problems reached a point that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services would no longer pay for costs of preventable conditions, mistakes, and infections resulting in hospital stay which most are nurse sensitive (Edwards, 2012). Through the BSN in ten nurses will be more educated to provide care to complex patientsdecreasing the amount of these conditions.

RefrencesEdwards, D. (2012). An 80% bsn workforce by 2020? Retrieved fom York State Nurses Association. (2015). About nynsa. Retrieved from Licensure. (n.d.). The future of the associate degree in nursing program. Retrieved from for a National Health Program. (2016). Single-payer national health insurance. Retrieved from, S. (2008). BSN in ten. Retrieved from

I will contact legislation and lobbyist that are involved with the New York State Nurses Association. The union in New York state is made of 37,000 nurses that work hard to provide the best practice and healthcare for all patients (NYSNA, 2015). By working together in Albany we are able to lobby for pushing BSN in ten so that we can provide the safest, quality care to all of our patients.

My views regarding a national healthcare system would be focused on single-payers because as of right now administration consumes one-third of Americans’ health dollars (PNHP, 2016). Costs could be controlled through negotiated fees, global budgeting, and bulk purchasing (PNHP, 2016). The single-payer system would cover all American’s for services including doctor, hospital, preventive, long-term care, mental health, reproductive health, dental, vision, prescription drug, and medical care supplies (PNHP, 2016). Through this national healthcare system we could care for all Americans’ and all of their needs.



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