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Why a BSN is valuable for career advancement in the nursing industry

Posted By Brianna Neuser On November 22, 2017

Melissa Hamachek reduced.jpgResearch regarding the field of health care tells us that as the population ages, the need for nurses in a variety of settings is increasing. A high demand for nurses means good things for job outlook, but how do you know if taking the next step and pursuing a BSN is the right choice for you?

Whether you are just now beginning your career in nursing or whether you’re looking to advance your nursing career, your future education is crucial. Read on to discover how earning a bachelor of science in nursing is a great way to advance your career in the industry!

The Nationwide Nursing Shortage

Currently, there are 3 million nurses in the U.S., and nursing is becoming one of the fastest- growing occupations. According to the American Nurses Association, there will be a need for 1.13 million nurses by 2022.

A shortage of nurses is something that the U.S. has been dealing with for decades. In recent years, this has become more of an issue due to the aging population. Today, there are more Americans over the age of 65 than at any other time in history. The aging baby boomers require a lot of time and care, creating a high demand for health care services.

According to a team of Vanderbilt University researchers, by 2025, the shortage of nurses is expected to be “more than twice as large as any nurse shortage experienced since the introduction of Medicare and Medicaid in the mid-1960s.”

Why You Should Get your BSN

You may be thinking, if the U.S. is undergoing a nursing shortage, then why should I go above and beyond to get my BSN? While this is a good question and something that you should consider, there are several reasons that nurses go on to pursue their four-year degree:

  • You’ll have more experience with a BSN.

Patient’s conditions and needs have become more complex throughout the years; it is important for our nurses to be educated on how to handle challenging situations. Earning a BSN equips nurses with more experience and skills compared to someone who only pursues a two-year nursing degree.

According to a study done by nurse researcher Linda Aiken on mortality rates and nursing care, there is a direct correlation between the number of nurses that have a BSN within a hospital unit and decreased mortality rates. Health care needs more nurses that are prepared to implement effective solutions: “The BSN curriculum emphasizes leadership and evidence-based practice in a way that the shorter Associates Degree in Nursing program can not.”

The National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) found that RNs in a BSN program notice changes in their skills, reasoning abilities and perspectives on nursing practice. American Sentinel University also has reported on many real-life “success stories.” Nurses who have completed a BSN program share their experience and explain why they believe getting a BSN is worth it.

  • You’ll probably land a job faster if you have a BSN.

Several studies have emerged that shed light on the correlation between having a BSN and job placement. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “registered nurses with a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) will have better job prospects than those without one.” Having a BSN gives you a competitive edge, which makes your resume more impressive to employers.

 

The degree also can help you qualify for a job at a Magnet hospital. But what is a Magnet hospital? Magnet hospitals are hospitals that have been awarded Magnet status, an award given by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC). Hospitals are always striving to achieve this status, and in order for a hospital to obtain it, they must invest in a great deal of resources as a way of ensuring the highest quality care. Magnet hospitals have 14 percent lower mortality risk and 12 percent lower failure to rescue rates. Magnet hospitals have strict hiring requirements, so get your foot in the door by earning your BSN!


  • You’ll earn more money with a BSN.

The Institute of Medicine has called for 80 percent of working nurses to have a BSN by 2020. This is something to think over, especially since nurses holding BSNs earn more than those with an associate's degree. American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) statistics from January 2014 reveal that the average salary for an RN was $66,620, while the average for BSN-educated RNs was $75,484.

  • You’ll have more job prospects with a BSN.

Many nurses who go on to pursue a four-year nursing degree have more job prospects upon graduation. SLC’s BSN graduates, for instance, have gone on to pursue positions like:

  • Intensive Care Nurse
  • Emergency Department Nurse
  • Correctional Nurse
  • School Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse

Speaking of SLC’s BSN Program ...

Silver Lake College offers a prestigious BSN program, which is designed to develop professional nursing leaders in all areas of practice to meet the health needs of a changing society.

SLC’s BSN Program Requirements

In order to enter the BSN program, a student must have a GPA of 2.75 and a completion of at least a “C” in all core prerequisite courses. A minimum of one-third of the required courses must be completed through SLC. Students will be taking classes that include: Chemistry, Microbiology, Anatomy and Professional Nursing Concepts.

A comprehensive list of the curriculum classes can be found online here.

SLC Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from the liberal arts and science with nursing to enhance professional practice.
  • Students will incorporate effective communication techniques and collaborative skills within the professional roles of nursing.
  • Students will effectively apply frameworks, theories, concepts, models and evidence-based practice to maximize positive health outcomes for individuals, families, groups and communities.
  • Students will utilize a holistic approach to advocate for and improve access to health care for vulnerable populations locally, nationally and globally.
  • Students will recognize personal accountability of shaping health care delivery by participating in political and regulatory process as a member of the nursing profession.
  • Students will be provided an academic foundation that will enhance practical knowledge, skills and attitudes of the nursing professional.

All of these learning outcomes are meant to train students for “real world” experience. Earning a BSN, particularly at Silver Lake College, gives students the training that is so very important when dealing with human lives each and every day.

The faculty and professionals at Silver Lake College want to help you make an informed decision regarding pursuing your advanced degree in nursing. That’s why we’ve put together a free, helpful resource for you to reference: A Guide to the Silver Lake College 4-Year BSN Program.

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Topics: Nursing

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