“My Nursing Career provides so many opportunities for nurses to advance. Being a UPMC nurse, you can care for any type of patient. Our hospital is a teaching hospital. There is so much to learn, and so many ways to grow.” SHAR’DA BROOKS, BSN, RN PROFESSIONAL STAFF NURSE, UPMC PASSAVANT LEADING RESEARCHER INFLUENCES BSN STRATEGY Linda H. Aiken, PhD, FAAN, FRCN, RN, is the Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor of Nursing, professor of sociology, and the director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania. She is one of the leading national researchers examining the impact that the BSN has on quality of care. Dr. Aiken was invited to share her research findings with an interdisciplinary leadership team at an event co-sponsored by the UPMC Center for Nursing Excellence and The Wolff Center at UPMC. Dr. Aiken shared her research with an audience of nursing leaders, as well as our hospital presidents, chief financial officers, human resource representatives, and board members. Working to enhance our strategy to increase our number of nurses with BSNs, our interdisciplinary team is continually gathering evidence to enhance our initiatives. Inviting Linda Aiken to speak about her research demonstrates the commitment to BSN education from everyone in our organization. BSN rate increased by in FY2017 ADDITIONAL EARNING POTENTIAL over the career span for BSN-prepared nurse ( Includes lifetime earnings, lifetime retirement, and lifetime insurance benefits ) Senior sta nurse with BSN earns $648,481 more than sta nurse Sta nurse with BSN earns $393,482 more than sta nurse EDUCATION INVESTMENT Eligible employees may receive tuition assistance up to $6,000 per academic year. *Current calendar year 2018 * 88 % 2.4 % A CAREER INVESTMENT Nursing leaders hired at UPMC are BSN-prepared or have an advanced degree. of nurse leaders hired were internal promotions. UPMC Center for Nursing Excellence | 4 BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING (BSN) At the UPMC Center for Nursing Excellence, the latest research and our own extensive experience at the bedside guides our journey to increase the number of bachelor degree-prepared nurses. The value of the investment in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) has a documented, positive impact on patient care outcomes, including reduced hospital mortality, fewer readmissions, shorter hospital stays, and decreased costs. In western Pennsylvania, UPMC is the leader in financially incentivizing nurses to obtain their BSNs. In addition, UPMC’s clinical ladder and tuition reimbursement supports professional growth and opportunities to continue to earn their advanced degrees and certifications. The UPMC Center for Nursing Excellence partners with schools of nursing across the region to promote more transitions from RN to BSN today and in the future. UPMC’s robust efforts to increase the number of BSNs will further enhance our nursing workforce and patient outcomes.