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Registered Nurses

June 19, 2014

Dear Nursing Candidate,

Nurses are being called upon to manage an increasingly complex healthcare environment that includes an aging demographic and record number of patients with complex diseases. To help prepare nurses for the complexities this ever-changing healthcare environment presents, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) makes a strong case for advanced education and training.

Research conducted by the IOM in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing states that a richer mix of BSN-prepared nurses leads to better patient outcomes. A more educated workforce is also better equipped to meet the demands of the changing healthcare environment. As a result, the IOM recommends that 80% of nurses hold a bachelor's degree by 2020.

Greenville Health System (GHS) supports the IOM's research and recommendation that 80% of nurses hold a bachelor's degree by 2020. To help meet this recommendation, GHS will require a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree for a number of leader and staff RN jobs in the acute care setting. This requirement will go into effect July 1, 2014. As a result, all New nursing hires without a BSN degree will also be required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Agreement if they accept a job in which a BSN degree is required.

GHS provides tuition assistance to full-time and part-time employees. Tuition assistance is available to those who want or are required to obtain BSN degree.

Nursing is in a critical position to transform health care because of our unique ability to meet patient needs at the bedside and beyond. We have an incredible opportunity before us, and I look forward to working with all of you to fulfill our mission to heal compassionately, teach innovatively and improve constantly.


Michelle Taylor Smith, MSN RN NE-BC FACHE

Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer