A Bachelor of Science in Nursing can help you improve patient outcomes and quality of care and may also provide greater opportunities in nursing and the health care field.
According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), a Bachelor of Science in Nursing is "the primary pathway to professional nursing" and many healthcare organizations prefer candidates who hold this credential.1 Now a BSN is a more valuable professional asset than ever: in 2010 the Tri-Council for Nursing issued a statement2 calling on nurses to advance their education to meet the increasing demands on nurses' clinical, leadership, and communication skills in the face of health care reform initiatives. The council noted that a more educated nursing workforce is essential to maintaining the nation's health and the delivery of safe and effective patient care.
The employment outlook for registered nurses, especially nurses who hold a bachelor's degree, is excellent: the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates employment to grow by 19% from 2012 to 2022 for a total of 526,800 new jobs.3 The largest growth is projected to be in outpatient and practice settings, home health care, rehabilitation and extended care facilities. In addition, an industry-wide nursing shortage will be exacerbated by the large number of nurses heading into retirement in the near future, resulting in more potential opportunities for RNs who hold BSNs.
Earning a BS in Nursing may also provide greater salary opportunities.
A BSN is the foundation for future studies in nursing, including masters and doctoral degrees. Learn more about how a BSN can ramp up your nursing career. Request more information or call us at 877-307-4915.
2 For the full statement, go to http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Education/pdf/TricouncilEdStatement.pdf.
3 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Registered Nurses, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm (visited July 19, 2014).