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The Institute of Medicine’s The Future of Nursing report recommends that 80% of nurses earn a bachelor’s degree by the year 2020. Most healthcare facilities agree that nurses should earn a BSN to pave the way for better preventative and inclusive patient care. It can be daunting to think about going back to school, especially if you already have a job and a family. However, earning a BSN is a crucial key to making the most of your nursing career.
1. Expanded Opportunities
BSN’s have an advantage over RN’s in that their studies prepare them to practice in different settings and specialties. With a BSN, you can consider jobs such as a Nurse Manager, Nurse Advocate, Informatics, Oncology, and Perioperative nursing. If you are wanting to branch out and have more opportunities in your career, earning your BSN is a great choice.
2. Earning Potential
It’s no secret that earning your BSN can dramatically increase your earning potential. Having a BSN will make you eligible to earn specialized certifications for higher paying jobs, as well as managerial and administrative jobs, which have higher pay rates. Furthermore, having a BSN opens the door to a graduate nursing program, which leads to the highest paying nursing jobs, such as nurse practitioner and nurse anesthetist.
3. Having a BSN may be a Requirement in the Future
Some states, such as New York , are requiring that nurses earn their BSN. Recently, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law that requires nurses earn their BSN within 10 years of their initial licensure. The “BSN in 10” legislation only applies to those who are seeking initial licensure, so if you already have a nursing license, you are grandfathered in. However, keep in mind this law and others that may soon follow will certainly increase competition for the best jobs. This legislation will set a precedent nationwide, making now a timely place to get started.
4. You can Earn your BSN While Working Your Current Job
Many people in other fields don’t go back to school for advanced education because they would have to quit their current job, and they can’t afford to fit it into their schedule. There are many online RN to BSN programs that can fit your schedule and allow you to continue working. At TNAA, we even offer an RN to BSN tuition reimbursement program you can complete in 12 months, thanks to our partnership with Aspen University!
5. Better Patient Care
Nurses are known for being caring, sensitive and empathetic caregivers – it’s usually why they enter the nursing profession in the first place. However, the research shows that getting your BSN will make you a better nurse by giving you more critical thinking skills, clinical knowledge and specialized education. The medical landscape is quickly changing with dual diagnoses, complicated disease processes, advanced procedures, and technology. Earning your BSN will help ensure you provide the best care and treatment to every patient, every day.