Should You Transition Your RN to a BSN Degree?

“The day is coming when trained nurses will be required to possess a college education before being admitted to training.” — Susan B. Anthony, 1902

From LPNs to RNs to BSNs, we’ve written before about the different degrees of nursing education and the different nursing paths that prospective nurses can take. But many nurses might wonder whether pursuing the additional education of a BSN degree is worth their time and money. Why get a BSN?

In Connecticut, now may be the right time to start pursuing a BSN degree. Connecticut is advancing towards an 80% BSN workforce by the year 2020, and even now 78.6% of all healthcare employers express strong preference for BSN graduates. For those in the nursing profession seeking employment, a BSN degree is a great way to stand out when looking for career advancement opportunities!

Better Care for Your Patients

Studies show that the higher a nurse’s level of education, the better outcomes there are for their patients. A 21-year study by the Journal of Nursing Administration found that patients cared for by nurses who had earned a BSN degree experienced significantly reduced inpatient stays, less complications, and higher survival rates. Nurses with BSNs also reported less difficulty managing complex patients and incorporating critical thinking into their daily practices.

Increased Job Availability

It’s no secret that the demand for registered nurses is on the rise. And with health insurance expanding and medical standards adapting to the future, the country is seeing a commensurate increase in the demand for nurses with a BSN degree. As the healthcare environment continues to evolve, organizations and their nurses need to meet the growing demands of the field. A report by the Institute of Medicine recommends that 80 percent of the nursing workforce be prepared at the baccalaureate level by 2020 to ensure that Americans continue to have access to high-quality healthcare.

Although the U.S. doesn’t currently require a four-year BSN degree to practice nursing, global standards are rapidly changing. Businesses have a strong preference for hiring new nurses who graduated from a BSN program, with 78% of healthcare employers expressing a preference for hiring BSN program graduates, according to a 2013 report by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Additionally, several organizations exclusively hire nurses with a BSN degree, including the U.S. Public Health Service and the Veterans Administration, as well as the Army, Navy, and Air Force. And registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in nursing are also eligible to become leaders in their fields.

You Can Earn Higher Pay with a BSN Degree

Most nurses are caring individuals who join the healthcare field for altruistic reasons like making a real difference in the lives of their patients. But on the practical side, higher compensation can mean a more comfortable future for themselves and their families. While earning a BSN degree requires more schooling and hard work, nurses who pursue higher education can stand to make significantly higher pay than with an RN degree. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average pay for BSNs in the U.S. is $75,000, compared with the $66,000 for RN’s.

The Flexibility to Pursue an RN-to-BSN Program

Goodwin College has designed our RN-to-BSN program around our students’ busy lifestyles. The RN-to-BSN curriculum can be completed part time in 16 months or uniquely designed to meet a student’s specific needs. Graduates are prepared to practice in a variety of areas with knowledge and skills that are transferable to multiple settings. And the program can be taken online or in a hybrid format.

And with Goodwin’s helpful financial aid services, paying for school is easier than you might expect! Goodwin graduates are eligible for scholarship funds of up to $17,000, and all student fees are waived.

Students who have passed the National Council Licensure Exam and are licensed as RNs can continue to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing today!

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