Quiz 2: Academic Progression

Nursing

C Explanation: The existence of multiple entry paths for nursing education is confusing both to the public and to aspiring nursing students, who may have difficulty understanding and comprehending the differences and what they mean.Diploma programs have declined sharply in number, with only 47 programs remaining in the United States in 2013.The ANA does not monitor different programs to evaluate congruency with BSN programs.States are not creating different licensure examinations for graduates of different programs.

B Explanation: Diploma students were traditionally expected to staff the hospital with which their program was affiliated, often to the detriment of their educational experiences.This exploitation was described in several important studies of nursing education.Traditional diploma programs do not offer college credit, no matter who teaches the courses.Diploma programs were expensive to operate and expensive to students, and this had a part in their decreasing numbers.Federal funding (through a variety of means)is available for individual students, and although it is administered by institutions, it is not granted to the institution itself.Requiring doctorally prepared faculty would not address an historic concern with diploma education.

D Explanation: BSN programs were often hampered by the lack of faculty prepared to teach at the collegiate level, which led to a reluctance of colleges and universities to establish BSN programs.Doctoral programs have been preparing nurse scholars and researchers, who have contributed to nursing's scientific backbone.The rise in these programs can be seen as a parallel development with the rise in BSN programs.The proliferation of advanced degrees in nursing is not the result of degree inflation; rather, it is a response to the increased sophistication and complexity of the health care environment today.Although nurses today do enjoy better pay and improved social status than in the past, this trend is not strongly correlated to the rise in BSN programs.Men in nursing are not a driving force for the increase in BSN programs.