5 Reasons why you (eventually) want your BSN!
There are many ways to have a career in the world of nursing…become an LPN or RN, or even a CNA. They all work in nursing and they all play a very important role in the healthcare field. However, this post wants to share five important reasons why obtaining a BSN (Bachelors of Science in Nursing) should be your eventual goal in your nursing career.
#1. Increased Employment Opportunities
While there still remains a shortage of good nurses, getting the best nursing jobs is still a competitive process. Having a BSN degree can give you an edge in that great nursing job you’re been wanting to get! In fact, a study in nursing showed that the majority of nurse managers will choose to hire an RN with a BSN over an ASN degree when all other qualifications are equal. Also, many specialty areas of nursing such as ICU/CCU, NICU, PICU and Case management highly desire their nurses to have BSNs.
Some large employers, especially at state-run or teaching hospitals, must hire a large percentage of BSN nurses. This is estimated to only increase in time with the push towards new graduate nurses being educated at the BSN level.
#2. Increased Educational Opportunities
If you ever desire to go even higher in your nursing education (MSN, DNP or PhD) it will make the road to your goal a lot smoother if you are starting with your BSN degree. Most graduate nursing programs require students to already have a BSN (there are some that don’t, but they are few) so having that step out of the way accelerates your plans for higher nursing education.
#3. Increased Pay
While not every healthcare organization offers this, some employers will pay registered nurses who have BSNs more than ASNs. According to Indeed.com, RNs with a BSN earn an average of $76k a year versus $64k for an RN with an ASN. For more info on the pay differences between ASN and BSN nurses, check out this link.
#4. Increases quality of patient care
While this topic is hotly debated amongst nurses, research does show that workplaces who have a higher percentage of BSN prepared nurses also have lower patient death rates. This is assumed to be because of the higher level of training BSN nurses receive to catch complications and adverse patient situations early enough to prevent harm to patients.
#5. It’s never been easier to get your BSN!
If you are already working in nursing, there are now many more convenient ways for you to advance to a BSN degree, often times without stepping foot in a classroom! If you are an LPN and want to get your BSN, check out this link to find out how. If you are an RN with an ASN degree, there are many online programs out there for you to consider. One of the best listings available can be found at this link.
Finally, if you would prefer to attend an RN to BSN program in-person, I advise you to check with your local colleges to see what programs are offered. I attended an in-person one year long program to go from ASN to BSN and I loved it! The instructors respected me as I was already a working nursing professional and I found the program to be flexible for my needs. It was geared towards working adults (as most RN to BSN programs are) and I learned a lot while only meeting for class one evening per week. Of course different people have various ways they learn the best, so I encourage you to do a little research and check around for the best program to fit your needs.
Every person who works in the field of nursing plays an important part in the healthcare team. However, I hope this list encouraged you to make obtaining a BSN a personal goal in your nursing career.