nurse practitioner A key goal of the Pennsylvania Action Coalition is to advance the educational preparation of the nursing workforce. Nursing education should encourage continued lifelong learning and include opportunities for seamless transitions to higher-degree programs. Increased educational opportunities allow nurses to further develop their skills in providing high-quality care, effectively communicate goals, and contribute to research and programming to advance healthcare safety. 

Key Initiatives

  • Expand the BSN-prepared workforce:

The Pennsylvania Action Coalition supports this effort through the work of the Pennsylvania Academic Progression in Nursing (PAPiN), a workgroup committed to promoting nursing education to advance academic progression and increase the supply of BSN-prepared nurses. 

  • Increase the number of doctorally prepared nurses

Pennsylvania Academic Progression in Nursing (PAPiN)

This workgroup is committed to promoting nursing education and closing the gap between the Commonwealth's nursing needs and the supply of BSN-prepared nurses. With representatives from all entry-level nursing programs (PA Higher Education Nursing Schools, PA Consortium of Associate Degree Nursing Program, Council of Health Professions Education, PA Association of Practical Nursing Administrators) and the practice arena, the workgroup advances seamless academic progression to increase the proportion of BSN-prepared nurses in Pennsylvania. 

If you have any questions regarding PAPiN, please contact Amy Ricords at 

Click here to view PAPiN's Executive Summary! 

View "The Value of the BSN" brochure to learn about the importance of transforming nursing education!


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