Why a BSN?
You can become a Registered Nurse after you earn an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). Why is it worth the extra time and study to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)?
In a word - Opportunity.
A BSN is superior to an Associate degree in that it gives you the opportunity to create a nursing career that can be rewarding across a lifetime of work. More opportunities for advancement are available when you earn your BSN, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Some career paths are open only to nurses holding a Baccalaureate degree. A BSN is a prerequisite for admission to graduate nursing programs in research, consulting and teaching. Four of the most prestigious and highest-paid nursing specialties - clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, nurse-midwives, and nurse practitioners - require their candidates to have a bachelor’s degree.
- The BSN becomes especially necessary if you ever decide you want to pursue an administrative or teaching position, which for many in the nursing field becomes a way of extending their careers past the age where the physical demands of direct patient care become uncomfortable and could present a hazard.
- In a competitive employment market, the Registered Nurse who has earned a BSN has a recognized advantage over a job candidate with an Associates degree, an advantage that could make the difference between landing that sought-after position and being passed over for a better qualified applicant.
- The curriculum you encounter while pursuing your BSN will go beyond the teaching of clinical skills. You will receive crucial training in key areas like communication, leadership and critical thinking - enhanced knowledge that will become ever more valuable in the complex and changing future of health care delivery.
A Bachelor of Science in Nursing is your ticket to career satisfaction and security that can last a lifetime.
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