The American Nurses Association (ANA) is committed to helping registered nurses (RNs) achieve their professional and educational goals. By pursuing a bachelor's or advanced nursing degree, RNs can operate from a broader knowledge base for the benefit of patients and families. Additionally, baccalaureate and advanced-degreed RNs benefit from enhanced career prospects in various areas, including teaching, research, administration, and advanced practice.
ANA also supports recommendations outlined in the Institute of Medicine's Future of Nursing Report that call for increasing the percentage of baccalaureate-degreed graduates to 80 percent by 2020 and doubling the number of nurses with doctorates by 2020.
Below are frequently asked questions about ANA's current efforts to help RNs pursue a wide range of nursing degrees.
What is ANA's Education Resource Center?
The Education Resource Center helps RNs pursue higher education and leadership development by providing access to ANA's Leadership Institute, partnerships with education organizations that offer programs ranging from RN to BSN tracks to doctoral programs, and other educational offerings. The longer term vision is further develop the Education Resource Center so that RNs will have access to tools and information to assist in the advanced education decision-making process and meaningful tuition discounts for online programs exclusive to ANA members.
What kinds of programs does ANA offer to help nurses pursue bachelor's and advanced degrees?
ANA has formed an Educational Alliance of universities and programs designed to facilitate nurses' access to educational opportunities and help RNs achieve their educational goals. These education partners offer exclusive discounts to ANA members for their online degree programs. Current alliance members include:
- Capella University
- Chamberlain College of Nursing
- Drexel University Online
- Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies
ANA's goal is to add Educational Alliance members over time to provide a plethora of educational offerings, tools, and resources to meet member needs. ANA believes that nurses will benefit from a broad menu of college/university degree options.
Why are all of the offerings online degree programs?
It was determined that online degree programs provided the flexibility needed to meet the scheduling needs of ANA's diverse nationwide nurse membership.
What criteria are used to consider Educational Alliance partners?
Accreditation by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
- Nationwide online program availability
- Provides RN to BSN, MSN, or DNP degree programs
Is ANA open to working with other colleges and universities that offer online degree programs?
Yes. ANA is open to adding more academic partners to the Educational Alliance. Interested schools should contact Kyanna Cherry at Kyanna.Cherry@ana.org.
What is ANA's Leadership Institute?
Launched in 2011, the ANA Leadership Institute trains nurses at all levels to integrate their health care practice and administrative workplace skill sets into personal, executive, and board competencies. The goal is to build a pipeline of trained leaders who can influence the delivery of quality health care, lead nursing and other nonprofit organizations, and bring their expertise to a myriad of leadership roles in their communities and across the nation. As such, the Leadership Institute is targeted to three cadres:
- Emerging Leaders, with little or no formal leadership training or experience
- Developing Leaders, with two to five years of organizational or related leadership experience
- Advanced Leaders, with five or more years of leadership experience
One of the key recommendations in the IOM Future of Nursing report is that nursing associations should prepare the nursing workforce to assume leadership positions across all levels. The Leadership Institute perfectly aligns with the IOM recommendation.
On Sept. 19, 2012, the Leadership Institute launched a new series of leadership webinars in collaboration with Capella University and supported by the American Nurses Foundation (ANF). The five-part series included case studies that provide an interactive approach to learning about personal leadership, leading people, results/outcomes orientation, strategic thinking, and innovation.
Who are ANA's educational partners for the Leadership Institute?
ANA plans to work with a variety of partners for various aspects of the Leadership Institute.
Capella University hosted the first webinar series which was launched fall 2012. Working closely with Capella to create online course offerings, with support from ANF, allows ANA to bring the program to nurses nationwide.
The American Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
ANCC Provider Number 0023.
ANA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP6178.
Updated: September 6, 2012