Essay about Education Preparation

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Education is defined as “the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life” [dictionary. reference]. Education is the root cause of all the development we see around. It has transformed the human life standard dramatically. The evolution of Stone Age man to modern man is solely due to the knowledge he gained through education over the years. Acquiring knowledge always increases the efficiency and effectiveness of any individual. It is true with anybody in any profession. But it is very apt for a nursing professional because the definition of education says it will help “developing the powers of reasoning and judgment”. That is the most important quality a nurse needs to possess. The history of nursing underlines the significance of education. There was a time when a courageous lady called Florence Nightingale helped the wounded soldiers recover from their illness in the Crimean war (1853 – 1856). Nightingale knew a hygienic environment is essential for the speedy recovery of patients [Friberg, Creasia, 2011]. Also she was aware of the importance of education needed for those working in this field and hence established the Nightingale Training School for Nurses at St. Thomas’s Hospital in London in 1860. Drawing inspiration from Florence Nightingale, the women in the United States set out to help the wounded soldiers in the Civil War (1861 – 1865). They did a commendable job in the Civil War. Some of the women carried on the job as nurses without any more education. It is evident from the history that due to the lack of education these nurses didn’t get any recognition either from the society or from the physician in hospitals. They were treated as “an ignorant woman, who was not fit for anything else, is good enough for a nurse” (Draper, 1893/1949, p.151). So the pioneers in this field opened more nursing schools and colleges and the educated nurses started gaining respect and the remuneration was increased. The same is true with the modern day nurses also. There is a wide spread cry for more educated nurses. Many studies underline the need for more baccalaureate-degree level nurses than associate-degree level nurses or diploma nurses. All the people related firmly believe that baccalaureate-level prepared nurses help to lower the mortality rates, lower medication errors and bring about positive patient outcomes because baccalaureate nursing practice incorporates the roles of assessing, critical thinking, communicating, providing care, teaching, and leading. Below is the summary of some studies conducted by some organizations and experts in the field of nursing. The University of Pennsylvania researchers conducted a study about the recovery rate of surgical patients in Magnet and Non-Magnet hospitals. The result of the study published in the October 2012 issue of Medical Care revealed that the inpatient death rate of surgical patients was less by 14% and failure-to-rescue rate was less by 12% in Magnet hospitals compared to Non-Magnet hospitals [McHugh, M.D., Kelly, L.A., Smith, H.L., Wu, E.S., Vanak, J.M. & Aiken, L.H. 2012, October] . They attribute this due to the increased ratio of baccalaureate prepared nurses in the Magnet hospital. Another study conducted by the noted nurse researcher Dr. Linda Aiken and her colleagues revealed the relation between the RN nurses and patient outcomes. The study released in the May 2008 issue of the Journal of Nursing Administration revealed that a 10% increase in the number of BSN nurses on the hospital staff nurse would decrease the death rate by 4% [Aiken, L.H., Clarke, S.P., Sloane, D.M., Lake, E.T. & Cheney, T. 2008, May ] . Yet another research conducted by researchers at the…