BSN Benefits

The Impact of Education on Nursing Practice Is Undeniable

Summary: Nursing school does prepare you for a career as a nurse. The impact of education on nursing practice is undeniable, especially if you choose a program that focuses on experiential learning. Employers are looking for BSN-educated nurses, and Felician University’s COVID procedures allow you to enroll in our ABSN program to become a nurse sooner and safer.

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We’ve all had moments sitting in a classroom wondering, “Am I ever really going to use this information in the real world?” When it comes to the Felician University Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program, the answer is yes. We teach you the skills you need to graduate from the program as a practice-ready nurse in as few as 16 months.

We understand the impact of education on nursing practice and tailor our curriculum to give you a well-rounded education that prepares you for a rewarding career as a capable nurse.

In this blog post, we’ll explore how education directly impacts your career as a nurse as well as the skills you’ll learn in the Felician ABSN program that translate to the healthcare field.

You’ll learn about how Felician University’s ABSN program develops an understanding of nursing concepts and skills through experiential learning and explores the impact of clinical placements in preparing for a career in nursing.

We’ll also share how we have adapted our nursing education program with COVID-19 training for nursing students and discuss the benefits of earning a BSN for your nursing career.

Why Is Education Important in Nursing?

Simply put, education is important in nursing because it supports better patient outcomes. According to a recent study from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), “nursing education level was significantly associated with patient outcomes. Nurses prepared at the baccalaureate-level were linked with lower mortality and failure-to-rescue rates.”

In other words, nurses who held an education like the one we provide at the Felician ABSN program in New Jersey had better patient outcomes than nurses who held associate degrees.

BSN-educated nurses complete nursing coursework as well as classes that span health literacy, mental health issues, social sciences, humanities, and other classes that broaden their understanding of cultural, economic, and sociological issues that may impact their patients and situations encountered in practice.

These courses foster an outlook that help nursing students understand their patients better, use their unique knowledge to assess situations they may face, and enable them to treat patients with empathy and compassion.

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The Impact of Education in Nursing Practice

According to the AACN, for the last 10 years, policymakers, healthcare authorities, and practice leaders have been vocal in asserting that for the reasons mentioned above, education in nursing practice does indeed make a significant difference in nursing practice and in the delivery of safe patient care.

In fact, the impact of education on nursing practice isn’t something that employers and legislators take lightly.

For example, in December 2017, New York passed the “BSN in 10” law, which requires future registered nurses graduating from associate degree or diploma nursing programs in the state to obtain a baccalaureate in nursing within 10 years of initial licensure. Additionally, more than 41% of hospitals and other healthcare organizations require new hires to hold BSNs.

The AACN says that the legislators stated that with “the increasing complexity of the American healthcare system and rapidly expanding technology, the educational preparation of the registered professional nurse must be expanded.” In other words, nurses who hold a BSN are better equipped to manage all the moving parts that come with working in today’s healthcare landscape.

On a national level, hospitals and healthcare providers have been leading the push for already-hired nurses to earn their BSN degrees, due to data that supports improved patient outcomes. HR departments are increasingly hiring exclusively nurses with a BSN or higher education level. This makes a BSN degree imperative for those aiming to work in the nursing field long-term.

Benefits of BSN-Prepared Nurses

The Felician ABSN program is specifically designed to give you the tools you need to be successful in your nursing career. Your dedication and commitment to your nursing education is bound to pay off. After all, earning your BSN comes with a lot of benefits. As a graduate of the Felician ABSN program, you’ll have the solid educational foundation and the skills that hospitals are looking for in new hires.

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BSN-Educated Nurses Are In-Demand

Nurses who hold a BSN are in demand. Rapidly growing healthcare needs and the nursing shortage both are contributing to an increase in demand for qualified nurses. As such, healthcare providers have begun to use signing bonuses, tuition reimbursements, and other incentives to attract BSN-educated nurses.

In fact, New Jersey is expected to have the third largest shortage in the nation by 2030. The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration puts this shortage at more than 11,000 nurses. Because they’re so needed, a career as a nurse comes with a lot of job security.

A BSN Expands Your Nursing Job Opportunities

Earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree affords you many opportunities for jobs that may not be the traditional 9 to 5 hospital job.

Alternative nursing careers available to BSN-educated RNs include:

  • Academic nurse writers
  • Community center nurses
  • Corporate staff nurses
  • Cruise ship nurses
  • Health coaches
  • Home health nurses
  • Legal nurse consultants
  • Nurse navigators
  • School nurses

A BSN is the First Step Toward an Advanced Practice Nursing Career

Holding a BSN makes it easier for those who want to advance the next step their educational journey and return to school to earn a Master of Science in Nursing. They can also earn an advanced practice nursing certificate.

This higher education can open the door to more high-paying nursing positions, including:

  • Nurse anesthetist
  • Nurse educator
  • Nurse midwife
  • Nurse practitioner

Recent data also states that RNs with ADNs earn an average annual salary of $70,700, while RNs with BSNs average $86,520. The 2020 National Nursing Workforce Survey found that median annual salaries for nursing diploma-holders was $65,000. As a nurse, you’ll have the opportunity to make a comfortable wage, and with a BSN, you may be able to earn more as you gain experience.

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More Healthcare Employers Prefer BSN-Educated Nurses

In addition to higher earning potential, nurses who hold a BSN are in greater demand from Magnet Hospitals. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program is an esteemed honor in the healthcare community as it awards “Magnet status” to only the top healthcare facilities that tout expert nursing staff. Being able to work at a high-standard Magnet hospital carries weight and respect and often comes with other benefits.

Magnet hospitals aim to link nursing goals with improved patient outcomes, provide ongoing educational and professional development for their staff, and support nursing staff in giving the best possible patient care to reach and maintain Magnet status.

How the Felician ABSN Curriculum Applies to Your Nursing Career

Of course, if you or a loved one were being treated by a nurse, you’d want to know that they were well-educated and able to react to any issue from a place of knowledge and confidence.

The Felician ABSN program prepares nurses to do just that. Our course curriculum is tailored to provide a well-rounded education on a shorter timeline.

Over the course of the Felician Accelerated BSN curriculum, you will complete a comprehensive curriculum of 73 credit hours to prepare you to change lives as a nurse, sooner. Our Hybrid ABSN program can be completed in as few as 16 months, and our On-Ground ABSN curriculum is 18 months. We will discuss the difference between those two programs later in this blog.

Spanning four, 16-week semesters, our ABSN program consists of coursework, hands-on skills and simulation labs, and clinical rotations.

The classes you’ll take during your time in the Felician ABSN program will cover much of what you may encounter in your day-to-day work as a nurse.

For this portion of the program, you’ll gain valuable skills and lay the framework of knowledge you’ll need to be a successful nurse. Later in the program, you’ll be able to put this knowledge to the test with hands-on experiential learning.

What Courses You’ll Take

The classes you’ll take will span a wide variety of healthcare elements. The classes include:

  • Nursing Theory, Role Development, and Innovation
  • Geriatrics and Health Care
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Care of Childrearing Family
  • Business Dimensions of Health Care
  • Public Health and Disaster Management
  • Nursing Theory, Role Development, and Innovation
  • Moral and Spiritual Dimensions of Health Care
  • Pharmacological Therapeutics
  • Health Literacy and Informatics
  • Geriatrics and Health care
  • Critique and Evaluation of Nursing Research
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Ethical/Legal Dimensions
  • Population and Community Health

How Skills and Simulation Lab Experiences Apply to Your Future Nursing Career

While learning nursing concepts is vital, it also takes hands-on practice to become a nurse. Felician University’s state-of-the-art skills and simulation labs offer a risk-free place to practice so that you enter clinicals and the nursing world prepared.

The skills you’ll gain from this portion of our ABSN program will transfer right into your day-to-day duties as a nurse. By learning new ways to communicate, practicing practical nursing skills, and understanding the latest healthcare research, you’ll be building a solid education to inform your career as a nurse.

Even the things you may not consider hard skills during your time in our program can be valuable. You’ll attend classes and labs with a cohort—a group of peers who enrolled at the same time as you. You’ll work with this group of people closely and form strong connections. You’ll also be able to lean on one another for support, study together, and become BSN-prepared nurses together.

Similarly, as a nurse, you’ll work with a team of other healthcare professionals and need to lean on one another. You’ll grow close with your team and learn new things from them. The ability to communicate effectively, collaborate, and establish great relationships will start with your cohort and translate to your career.

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What Are Skills Labs?

Skills labs are where you will fine-tune basic nursing techniques. You’ll learn how to check vital signs and insert a catheter or IV. Skills lab also offers you a space to get comfortable using medical simulators and advanced medical equipment in a realistic environment just like you’d find in modern hospitals and health centers.

What Are Simulation Labs?

Once you’ve mastered those fundamental skills, you’ll level up to a diagnostic environment that requires critical thinking in addition to those basic nursing skills. You’ll be asked to solve problems, determine a patient’s condition, and respond to situations that can change rapidly.

Of course, you won’t try this out on human patients quite yet—you’ll treat high-tech medical manikins that can simulate several medical conditions and scenarios in a setting that feels just like a real hospital. You’ll respond to the manikins and go through medical scenarios such as treating someone with diabetes, reacting to a patient who has gone into cardiac arrest, or even delivering a baby. Often your instructor will be controlling the manikin and may throw different symptoms and reactions in to keep you on your toes.

As part of the experiential learning component, following these simulated exercises, you’ll meet with your lab instructors and classmates to debrief, giving you the opportunity to reflect and understand what you did right and wrong.

These debriefing sessions serve to provide you with insights into your own thinking and reactions. Additionally, they make it possible for instructors to plan future exercises, lessons, and discussions formulated around areas where you and your cohort need help.

How Clinical Rotation Experiences Apply to Your Future Nursing Career

We’ve mentioned “experiential learning” a few times so far in this blog, and you might be wondering what experiential learning is and why it is important, and how it is incorporated into the Felician ABSN program curriculum.

Experiential learning immerses students into their education and allows them to learn in a hands-on way, which is exactly what you’ll be doing during clinical rotations. It also encourages self-reflection, critical thinking, and leveraging the knowledge gained in class to apply in real-world situations.

The experiential learning cycle is a four-step learning process:

  • Experience
  • Reflect
  • Think
  • Act

This process is instrumental to a quality nursing education. Our courses foster critical thinking while our lab experiences provide a safe environment for students to make mistakes, reflect and grow.

People can use this learning cycle differently, focusing on some areas more than others. For example, some may place a bigger emphasis on reflecting while working less on acting or experiencing.

The Felician ABSN program is designed for students to take in information and then try out what they’ve learned alongside members of their cohort and continue down the experiential cycle. Our skills and simulation labs were designed with this cycle in mind, and it carries over into experiences students have during clinical rotations.

What to Expect from Clinical Rotations

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Once you’ve completed the lab portion of your ABSN program, you’ll begin to do clinical placements, which will provide you with the opportunity to step into the field and experience the day-to-day work of professional nurses. Here you’ll be able to work directly with healthcare professionals and understand how a hospital operates.

In partnership with Atlantic Health System, one of New Jersey’s leading non-profit health networks, as well as other leading hospitals and healthcare providers in the area, you’ll be placed in a variety of clinical settings specifically chosen to build on what you’ve learned in both your coursework and labs.

During these rotations, you’ll have the support of clinical instructors who will guide your transition out of the practice realm and into the field.

Over the course of our program, you’ll participate in over 850 clinical rotation hours in several practice areas, including:

  • Acute care
  • Adult health
  • Intensive care
  • Maternity care
  • Mental health
  • Pediatrics
  • Long-term care
  • Public health and disaster management

Hybrid vs. On-Ground Delivery Methods

No matter whether you enroll in our hybrid program or the on-ground program, you’ll still have a cohort of students on the same path as you. We understand that earning a BSN may look different for different students. You might be fitting your education in around being with your family, balancing work and school, or other circumstances. That’s why we offer a hybrid program and a traditional on-ground program. No matter which path you choose, you’ll receive the same quality nursing education taught by supportive faculty, just delivered differently.

In both versions of the program, instructors will be there to answer questions, review course material, and help you with anything you might need.

Hybrid Option

To complete your fundamental coursework online, you must enroll in our 16-month Hybrid ABSN program in Parsippany, New Jersey.

Online learning certainly offers convenience as you’ll be able to complete your coursework from wherever you choose. While you’ll be able to design your own schedule to an extent, as far as working through the courses and modules, keep in mind you’ll still need to meet all assignment deadlines set forth by your instructor.

Ground Program

If you want to complete your fundamental coursework in the classroom, you’ll enroll in our 18-month On-Ground ABSN program in Rutherford, New Jersey. By choosing this option, you’ll need to physically attend classes on campus on a set schedule.

As we stated, both options provide you with the same accredited course material you need to become a confident nurse. You’ll have regular contact with your instructors and peers in both modes of learning.

Which Learning Modality Is Right for You?

The biggest difference will be you. Your learning preferences and study habits are the two biggest factors that will determine which modality will be best for you as a student, because while the nursing courses are the same, how you experience the content is different.

With either path you choose, you’ll take courses with an emphasis on experiential learning and graduate prepared to confidently utilize the skills you’ve gained in class and put them into action.

Tip: If you’re a good time manager, organized, and have a lot of self-discipline, the Hybrid ABSN program may be best for you.

If you like structure and need someone to hold you accountable, our On-Ground ABSN program might be the better option for you.

Felician University COVID Procedures

If you do choose the ground program, you can rest assured that Felician University is dedicated to keeping you safe. Whether you need to come onsite for class, labs, or an exam, we are committed to the safety of our campus and will expect all faculty, staff, and students to adhere to COVID-19 precautions as we collectively recognize that safety is a shared responsibility.

We have implemented temperature testing, wearing masks or facial coverings, social distancing, handwashing, and daily symptom monitoring via an app.

We ask everyone to use the technology located in the lobby of buildings on campus to take your temperature before beginning each day as a precaution and move to keep everyone in the building safe and healthy.

We have also secured one cloth mask for all students, faculty, and staff.

The Felician Center for Health will also be reporting positive cases of COVID-19 on our website.

Further, students who are tested for COVID-19 are expected to contact the Center for Health as soon as they’re tested and shouldn’t wait for the results before making contact with the Center. Our institutional policy and the CDC guidelines require anyone who tests positive to isolate in order to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Whether you choose the hybrid or on-ground ABSN program, you can be sure that Felician University is working to ensure you have a safe and comfortable learning experience.

Felician ABSN Prepares You for a Rewarding Nursing Career

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At Felician University, we want to help you answer the call to nursing. Our Accelerated BSN program will help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to excel in a 21st-century healthcare system, as well as prepare you to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX).

An amazing career in nursing starts with a solid educational foundation. That’s why our ABSN program is for non-nurses with previous college experience who are ready to earn their BSN degree in as few as 16 or 18 months. Because the curriculum is accelerated, it can be challenging. Our students are ready to take that challenge and are committed to working toward becoming a practice-ready nurse.

If you have at least 60 college credits from a regionally accredited university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, or hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, our ABSN program might be right for you. We make it convenient with multiple program starts each year.

Are You Ready to Make an Impact with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing?

If you’re ready to start your nursing education and want to accelerate into the nursing profession, our ABSN program in New Jersey can help make it happen. There’s no waitlist here, and our ABSN program is currently enrolling for spring, summer, and fall terms. Contact our admissions team today to begin your path to nursing school.

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