Entry Into Practice: A Comparative Analysis of the First and Second Position Statements

Sister Rosemary Donley, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN, and Sister Mary Jean Flaherty, PhD, RN, FAAN



Specifically, the authors will re-examine their 2002 and 2008 papers, discussions of the rationales and impact of the American Nurses’ Association’s 1965 statement on the education of nurses, and the 2004 statements of the Association of Deans of Colleges of Nursing about education for the advanced practice of nursing (AACN) (Donley & Flaherty, 2002, 2008; AACN, 2004). The October, 2004 pronouncement of the Association of Deans of Colleges of Nursing (2004), public and professional concern with safety and the quality of patient care (Kohn, Corrigon, & Donaldson 2000), the serious nursing and nurse faculty shortages (Yordy, 2006), and the 2003 statement of the Institute of Medicine (2003) about the preparation of health professionals prompted the On-line Journal in Nursing (OJIN) to re-look at perennial questions about the educational preparation of nurses.

Purpose/Goal: To turn the clock back and compare the nursing education scene of the 1960’s to contemporary educational practice.


1. Discuss the impact of the American Nurses' Association's 1965 statement on the education of nurses on both nursing education and practice.
2. Identify issues and changes that have occurred over the past 40 years that have placed increasing demands on health care delivery systems, finance and administration of health care, and nursing education and practice.


Sister Rosemary Donley, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN is a Professor of Nursing and the Jacques Laval Chair for Justice for Vulnerable Populations at Duquesne University in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Sister Rosemary Donley, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the former Dean and Ordinary Professor of Nursing at The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.

The planners and author of this CNE activity have disclosed no financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.

Contact Hours: 1.33

Expiration Date: 12/31/2013


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