There are a lot of great reasons to become a nurse: You help others in need. You know you want to make a lasting difference in people’s lives. You feel that nursing is not just a profession, but a calling. Maybe you’ve already completed your associate’s degree in nursing, and while you’re still finding your role as a nurse fulfilling, you’re also considering reasons why you should go on to complete your four-year nursing degree.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that there will be a need for an additional 1 million nurses by 2022 due to growth and replacement needs.
Here are four reasons why you should consider a BSN completion program.
1. Completing your BSN prepares you for an evolving health care field.
The need for quality health care is expanding across the United States. Baby boomers are aging and need more medical care, chronic conditions are increasing, and more people have access to medical care for the first time through the Affordable Care Act. Community-based primary care, mid-level care and case management are growing, in turn creating a demand for nursing staff.
2. Completing your BSN gives you the option to work in a variety of settings.
Nurses don’t just work in hospitals — especially sought-after nurses with a BSN. They also work as educators, leaders or medical assistants in home health care services, the federal government, outpatient care centers, elementary and secondary schools, and many other settings in need of medical care and expertise.
A bachelor’s degree in nursing gives you an edge with proven critical-thinking and problem-solving skills required to adapt to a variety of situations in the nursing profession — employers in every setting will value those skills. The Institute of Medicine recommends that the number of nurses with a BSN increase to 80 percent by 2020 in their Future of Nursing report. Why not get ahead of the curve and go on to complete your BSN?
3. Nurses who complete their BSN have better job security.
No matter where you look for work, you’ll find employers looking to hire nurses. It’s not only a big field, but one where the demand for nurses with BSNs is steadily rising. It has been called a “recession-proof profession” and allows for near limitless growth in the nursing sector. Nurses with a BSN can earn more pay in the long run, get an advanced specialty in nursing down the road, and easily work their way up into leadership and instructor roles. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that, “employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.”
If you feel called to be a nurse, now is the time to act!
4. Wisconsin provides many opportunities for nurses who complete their BSN.
The country faces a critical nursing shortage, and Wisconsin is no exception. The Wisconsin Center of Nursing predicts that the state of Wisconsin will be short a shocking 20,000 nurses by 2035. Right now, employers aren’t receiving enough nursing applicants with four-year degrees either. This critical shortage also trickles down to a lack of nurse educators in Wisconsin.
Nursing schools are looking for nurse educators and faculty who can teach the next generation of nursing leaders in Wisconsin. There’s a big gap that needs to be filled by nurses with four-year degrees.
And, you can be the one to help fill it by pursuing a BSN completion program!
Interested in completing your BSN at Silver Lake College? We invite you to request more information on our BSN Completion Program here at SLC.