Why Should I Pursue the BSN?
The Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) is becoming more prevalent in the nursing community. More and more hospitals are requiring their RNs to have a BSN.
The Good News
According to statistics provided by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Registered Nurse jobs are expected to increase by 439,000 by 2024. That would leave the total number of nurses in the U.S. up from 2.75 million to 3.19 million. The nursing profession continues to see growth, coming in second in the nation.
ADN vs. BSN
The Associate Degree in Nursing, a two year program, lacks some specific courses that the Bachelors of Science in Nursing provides. This is not to diminish the importance of an ADN but to educate those individuals who have inquired about why hospitals have begun to require a BSN to work as a nurse in their facility.
BSN programs tend to focus more on in depth education of nurses in the areas of research and writing knowledge and interdisciplinary coursework. Data suggests that quality of care by BSN nurses is up over nurses with their ADN. However, there is some disagreement in the nursing industry over the studies surrounding this comparison. In any case, the trend shows facilities requiring nurses to obtain their BSN and encouraging current nurses to go back to school to further their education.
Paying for School
Their are numerous options concerning paying for your BSN. In some cases facilities will offer tuition reimbursement – in which you would work for the facility and they cover your education costs while you work. Grow your own programs exist in individual facilities mostly – where you work at the facility and they send you to school. Some facilities offer nurses an opportunity to advance in their careers, career ladder programs are structured to provide a scholarship and upon graduation, a job.