Nursing students often ask, “What are the most valuable advantages of earning a BSN?” Some nurses are concerned about the time commitment or cost associated with earning a BSN. In light of current research regarding patient outcomes and improvements in the rates for morbidity and mortality associated with increasing levels of education among nurses, a bachelor’s degree is becoming the standard for nursing practice. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree can also open doors for nurses to greater job and leadership opportunities.
Better Patient Outcomes
Patient care is a nurse’s number one priority. As Grand Canyon University RN to BSN faculty member Christine Bartholomew explained, “Studies have shown that BSN-prepared nurses decrease mortality rates, improve patient outcomes, and improve nursing diagnosis and intervention skills.” Indeed, according to research by Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, BSN preparation among nurses results in lower rates of patient mortality and better patient outcomes.
Another GCU faculty member, Leslie Minjarez, said, “In my leadership positions, I found that associate degree nurses seemed better prepared clinically at first, but BSN graduates caught up quickly and surpassed the others within a year. When hiring a nurse for a leadership role, it is my practice to hire someone with at least a BSN.”
Meeting the New Standard
As more studies show that BSN-prepared nurses improve patient outcomes, many employers are making it the standard for employment. GCU faculty member Tish Dorman said, “The National League of Nursing (NLN) and state boards of nursing mandate that the BSN degree be the entry level for nurses. We are a profession, and we should have a university degree, as all professions require.” In fact, the Institute of Medicine recommends that 80% of nurses earn their BSN by 2020, making now the perfect time to consider furthering your education.
Having a BSN is crucial if you are interested in taking on a leadership role in your organization or pursuing a job at a Magnet hospital. GCU faculty member Catherine Beasley explained, “A BSN is needed for consideration for many jobs, including hospitals seeking Magnet status. A BSN is needed to enter into graduate school, and many leadership positions are reserved strictly for BSN-prepared nurses.”
Magnet hospitals are known for their exceptional standards and supportive working environments for nurses. These standards help Magnet hospitals provide the highest level of patient care. By earning a BSN, you have a better chance of getting hired at one of these top tier hospitals.
GCU’s RN to BSN can earned in just as few as 16 months. Prepare for 2020 and your future by earning this degree. Learn more by visiting our website or contacting us using the Request More Information button on this page.
Written by Allison Richmond, a professional writing major at GCU.