J Prof Nurs 2021 Mar-Apr;37(2):404-410. Epub 2020 May 15.
Rural & Minority Health Research Center, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, 220 Stoneridge Drive Suite 204, Columbia, SC 29201, United States of America; College of Nursing, University of South Carolina, 1601 Greene Street, Columbia, SC 29208, United States of America. Electronic address:
Background: Multiple professional organizations and institutes recommend the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree as a minimum standard for registered nurse practice. Achieving this standard may be particularly challenging in rural areas, which tend to be more economically disadvantaged and have fewer opportunities for higher educational attainment compared to urban areas.
Purpose: Our primary objective was to provide updated information on rural-urban differences in educational attainment. Read More