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The Intersection of Compassion and Science

The demand for nursing is increasing and the diversity of roles and places where nurses can make a difference is increasing….We have to work really hard to make sure bedside nursing remains attractive, but we also have to prepare nurses to play a pivotal role in the other roles that are emerging.

Angelleen Peters-Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN, vice president, patient care services and chief nurse executive, Barnes-Jewish Hospital

There’s a perfect storm when it comes to nursing.

Aging baby boomers are putting a greater strain on health care systems while experienced nurses are retiring at an accelerating rate. Although there has been a slight increase in entry-level nursing programs, it is far from sufficient to meet the projected demand for nursing services, including the need for more nurse faculty, researchers, and primary care providers.

During a Leading Edge Nursing presentation hosted by The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Angelleen Peters-Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN, vice president, patient care services and chief nurse executive, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, discussed how the hospital is working with Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College to meet this need. In addition to learning crucial bedside care, nurses are expanding their education to become nurse practitioners, researchers, forensic nurses, educators and leaders.