Why get a BSN?
The career outlook for registered nurses is very good. Earning your BSN can help you advance your career in nursing. You may have the opportunity to pursue positions as an administrator or nurse educator. Also, many specialties in nursing—clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist, nurse-midwife, and nurse practitioner—require a bachelor’s degree. Also, many new ADN graduates are being asked by their employers to finish a BSN within 5–6 years.
According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, “registered nurses with at least a bachelor’s degree in nursing will have better job prospects than those without one” (2012).
- Salary opportunities
Many health care organizations pay all RNs the same rate; however, BSN-prepared nurses generally make more money than ADN or diploma nurses.
- Preferred or Required Degree
Many health care organizations prefer a BSN or have a BSN requirement policy to remain at the organization. Also, it’s preferred for institutions seeking Magnet status.
- Graduate School
A BSN is a prerequisite for admission into graduate nursing programs for any advanced practice nursing degree (nurse educator, clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist, nurse-midwife, and nurse practitioner). Viterbo University also offers a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree, allowing BSN graduates to earn a doctoral degree in approximately four years.
- Strengthen Skills
The BSN Completion program builds and enhances knowledge and skills in areas such as evidence-based practice, leadership, and management.
- BSN in 10 Legislation
In 2008, the American Nurses Association (ANA) recommended that all RNs who graduate from an ADN or diploma program be required to obtain a BSN within 10 years of licensure. As of 2010, at least 18 states were considering BSN-in-10 legislation.