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Knowledge Central

Patricia Ringos Beach
ONF 2013, 40(1), 94 DOI: 10.1188/13.ONF.94-96

Accelerated Education in Nursing: Challenges, Strategies, and Future Directions defines and describes the development of the newest nursing cu-rriculum available, which helps nursing students at various levels receive credit for prior academic experience as they complete their nursing coursework in an expeditious manner from nurse aide licensure to a doctoral degree. The goal of the streamlined nursing program curricula is to preserve the accomplishments of the students while maintaining the quality of the program's requirements and rigor. Given the constant change occurring in the field of health care, that is not an easy accomplishment. The changes in bedside technology, electronic medical records, and quality improvement requirements present challenges for new graduates at every level. Zhan and Finch use established researchers to explain the varying positives and negatives of accelerated nursing education.

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