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Why Get a BSN Degree? Is a BSN Worth It?

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Why get a BSN degree? Is worth it to go back to school to earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing? If you are a working registered nurse, returning to school may seem overwhelming. However, with Grand Canyon University’s RN-BSN program, RN’s can attain additional professional practice and healthcare theory knowledge in order to advance in their career.

There are many benefits that come with furthering your nursing education. Here are 10 reasons to earn your bachelors of nursing:

Fill Evolving Roles in Healthcare

The nursing industry is continuing to change and expand at a rapid rate. Therefore, in the future, nurses will be needed to fill new and upcoming roles. As a BSN-prepared nurse, you will be equipped to take on these new positions as they arise.

Improve Patient Care

In the RN-BSN program, you will gain a comprehensive view of patient care principles to help you strengthen your ability to care for patients. Research has shown that BSN-prepared nurses are able to provide better care for their patients. For example, a 2013 study “found that hospitals that hired more BSN-prepared nurses between 1999 and 2006 experienced greater declines in mortality than hospitals that did not add more BSN-prepared nurses.”

Increase Your Chances of Being Hired

With a bachelors of nursing, you have the education and experience many employers are looking for. When applying for a job, your degree can give you an advantage over competitors. Not only does having your BSN show you are qualified, but it also shows you are a hard worker.

Work in a Variety of Settings

Having a BSN will allow you to take on more responsibilities in the workplace. Therefore, you will be equipped to work in a wide variety of settings. Some of the many places you can apply your knowledge are hospitals, community care settings and health service organizations. Additionally, many BSN-prepared nurses work in case management, private homes and public health.

Gain Opportunities for Promotion

As a BSN-prepared nurse, you can increase your chances of being promoted to a leadership position. Depending on where you work, you may be able to advance to a role where you oversee other nurses and work directly with upper management.

Experience Career Benefits

With a bachelors of nursing, you have the potential to earn a higher salary. In general, BSN-prepared nurses tend to earn higher salaries than RN’s. When it comes to the income difference between RN’s and BSN holders, the median salary for RN’s is $50,565, whereas the median salary for BSN-prepared nurses is $62,674.

Qualify for More Positions

It is becoming more common for a bachelor’s degree to be a requirement for entry-level nursing practice. In addition, the Institute of Medicine predicts that 80 percent of all nurses should have their BSN by the year 2020. For this reason, choosing to earn your BSN now is a great way to invest in your future.

Prepare for Graduate School

Earning your BSN will prepare you to pursue a master’s degree in nursing later down the road. Someday, you may want to enter a leadership position that requires an MSN. By working towards a bachelor’s degree now, you can be prepared to enroll in a master’s program in the future.

Find Fulfillment

A career in nursing can be very rewarding, and earning your BSN can allow you to find fulfillment in your occupation. While pursuing a BSN can be challenging at times, the hard work you put into your education will be worth it in the end. Ultimately, as you advance your nursing practice, you can make an impact in the field.

Earn Your Degree on Your Time

Is a busy schedule keeping you from returning to school? While traditional college courses may not be an option for you, earning your nursing degree online can provide you with flexibility. By not having to attend classes in person, you have the freedom to study at times that are most convenient for you. Therefore, you can keep up your career and other responsibilities while you further your education.

Grand Canyon University’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions prepares students to fill evolving roles in healthcare as highly qualified professionals. To learn about healthcare degrees at GCU, visit our website or contact us today using the Request More Information button at the top of the page.

Written by Lauren Abraham, a senior earning a communications degree at GCU.