In 2010, the Institute of Medicine published the landmark report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which identified eight recommendations for nursing. Recommendation 4: Increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020, charges education and practice to collaborate to reach this goal. In addition, the percentage of baccalaureate prepared nurses employed within healthcare environments is increasing to support the needs of the patient population.
The mission of the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE) is to increase baccalaureate prepared nurses through collaborative, transformative educational strategies. We believe in a transformative curriculum that moves away from independent silos of education to a collaborative effort between universities, community colleges, and practice represents the best approach to developing the nurse of the future. By supporting ongoing professional education and development, nursing education is more closely aligned with the need to promote health and meet the evolving and complex healthcare needs of an increasingly diverse population in Minnesota. Students admitted to a MANE collaborating college or university will be enrolled in a four year (eight-semester) baccalaureate program and be educated to use the best available evidence in making sound clinical judgments during provision of safe, high quality, holistic nursing care across the lifespan and the health continuum.
National Research Council. The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2011.