Oregon Action Coalition Encourages Higher Levels of Nursing Education by Addressing Barriers


A “Future of Nursing” report released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJF) in 2010 recommended transformation of the nursing education system to meet increased demands for care in an increasingly complex health system. Since that time, nursing organizations and health care stakeholders in this country have advocated for registered nurses to earn higher levels of nursing education as an important part of the solution.

The Education Work Group of the Oregon Action Coalition recently addressed some of the barriers reported by nurses who have been challenged to advance their education while working and raising their families. In a short video, five registered nurses (including two students from Linfield College) share their personal experiences with earning their RN to BSN degree. They report overcoming those barriers and even going beyond the BSN to enroll in graduate programs.


Enrollment in RN to BSN programs increased by 69% from 2010 to 2014, yet only 49% of 38,382 total registered nurses in Oregon have a BSN or higher (Oregon Center for Nursing, 2016). To get involved in the Oregon Action Coalition Education Work Group, or to hear more about RN to BSN opportunities at Linfield College, please contact Melissa Robinson at mrobinson1@linfield.edu

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Infographic – Source: Oregon Center for Nursing, 2016

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