Benefits of Having a BSN Degree
Nursing consistently ranks as the most trusted profession in America in Gallup’s annual poll of professions — a reflection of the crucial role nurses play in all of our lives.
Not only is nursing a deeply rewarding career path that allows you to make a difference in people’s lives, it’s also one of the most in-demand professions in the United States today — the result of rapidly growing health care needs and a looming nursing shortage. In response, health care providers are increasingly using signing bonuses, tuition reimbursements and other incentives to attract BSN-educated nurses.
Why Earn a Nursing BSN Degree?
As with many fields, there’s been a push over recent years to elevate the overall education level of the nursing profession, culminating in the Institute of Medicine’s landmark 80% BSN by 2020 initiative. The reason for this push for 80% of registered nurses to hold at least a Bachelor of Science in Nursing? A better-educated nursing workforce yields better patient outcomes.
Around the country, hospitals and health care providers have been pushing already-hired nurses to earn their BSN degrees, and HR departments are increasingly hiring only nurses with a BSN or greater. This makes a BSN degree necessary to work in the nursing field long term.
Additionally, BSN-educated nurses can find work outside the traditional health care setting. BSN-educated nurses can even return to school to earn a Master of Science in Nursing and an advanced practice nursing (APN) certificate, allowing them to hold such high-paying nursing positions as:
- Nurse anesthetist
- Nurse educator
- Nurse midwife
- Nurse practitioner
At Felician University, your future is our priority. Our Accelerated BSN program will give you the skills and knowledge you need to face the challenges of a 21st century health care system, as well as to prepare you to sit for the NCLEX.
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