Trends in Nursing Academic Progression: Empowering Nurses to Navigate the Future – A Publication of NEPIN


The National Education Progression in Nursing (NEPIN) collaborative has released a report that has evaluated data to determine trends in academic progression. The analysis demonstrates key information regarding Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) enrollment and graduation data.

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“Over the past decade much emphasis has been placed on the importance of academic progression for the nursing workforce. Scholars and health experts agree that higher levels of education increase delivery of quality patient centered care across all health care settings. However, obtaining and analyzing equitable national and state data regarding academic progression trends in nursing is no easy task. Multiple sources and researchers have benchmarked and cross walked key data sources over the years. NEPIN, the National Education Progression in Nursing collaborative, sought to locate and evaluate a single data source to equitably interpret current trends in academic progression.

The result of that work is the Trends in Nursing Academic Progression 2016-2020 report and I am excited to deliver it to you today. NEPIN’s stakeholders understand that successful patient outcomes depend on a well-equipped and sufficiently supported nursing workforce.

It is our hope that this report highlights many of the successes over the past five years but also sheds light on the work yet to do. Our mission is not complete. In addition to the Trends report, we invite you to take a look at the many other programs and projects NEPIN has worked on recently and to consider jumping on board with us!”

Tina Lear, MHA
Executive Director