By Lynne Adkins

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Hospital patients are finding their nurses are much better educated than in years past.

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It used to be that nurses could be on the job after just two years of education. Now, many hospitals in Philadelphia and across the country are requiring staff to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Barbara Wadsworth, who is the chief nursing officer of Abington Health, says a better education means a better quality of care.

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“By having more nurses with a bachelor’s degree, they have better critical thinking skills and can assess patients in a better and more meaningful way.”

While some hospitals require the degree before you’re hired, Abington is giving its staff until 2021 to comply

If nurses already have a different bachelors degree, they can get a masters in nursing.

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