The Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses initiative provides an economically feasible educational pathway between community colleges and universities for more North Carolina nursing students to achieve a baccalaureate (BSN) degree at the beginning of their nursing career to contribute to meeting the demand for a more highly educated nursing workforce.
The demand for increased educational preparation of the nursing workforce is driven by demographic changes as well as the increasing complexity of health conditions and health care delivery nationwide. Increasing the percentage and numbers of nurses with a BSN as their entry-level degree not only provides health care providers with new nurses that are better prepared to work on the floor and pursue leadership positions, but also increases the pipeline for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and nursing faculty.
RIBN creates an opportunity for students to stay in their home communities and achieve their BSN at a reduced cost in comparison to a traditional university program by maintaining dual enrollment at their local community college and a partnering university. The students take most of their classes at the community college for the first three years of the program and completing their final year at the university.
More information on the benefits and costs of the RIBN program to students, academic institutions, and practice partners is available in the RIBN Business Case Analysis and Economic Impact by Professor Nicholas Didow and David Bridges, CPA of the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.