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3 Clear Ways Getting a BSN Boosts Nursing Careers

Aug 25, 2017 | Harrison College

3 Clear Ways Getting a BSN Boosts Nursing Careers

Are you thinking about returning to school to obtain your BSN degree, but aren't really sure if it's worth it?

We realize that going back to school can be a daunting venture. 

But, whether you're already an LPN or RN or are just looking for a career change, a BSN degree can open many doors. 

The demand for nurses in America is on the rise, with a 16 percent growth rate excepted through 2024. 

Because of this, many nurses are looking for ways to broaden their career prospects and differentiate themselves from the influx of nurses entering the field. 

Earning a BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) is one such way to accomplish this. 

Let's take a look at the 3 ways getting a BSN boosts nursing careers.

Improve Knowledge of Nursing Methods 

A BSN program is a great way to boost your career because it focuses on other aspects of the nursing field outside of direct patient care. 

During a BSN program, you'll learn about legal information relating to the healthcare industry, developing patient care plans, supervising other nurses, and how to assist surgeons and doctors during surgeries and other procedures. 

The in-depth knowledge you gain during a BSN program helps you to become a more well-rounded nurse and provide better care to your patients. 

Increase Pay 

If you're a nurse, you're (hopefully) not just in it for the money. 

But, it's no secret that many nurses are overworked and underpaid. 

An increased salary is a huge incentive for returning to school for your BSN. Many nurses still have debt to pay off from previous schooling and advancing your degree can be a great way to do this. 

"But wait," you might ask, "won't returning to school mean going further in debt and taking more time off work?"

Not necessarily. 

Many hospitals and clinics actually offer to pay for nurses to return to school to complete their BSN. The more qualified nurses there are in the field, the more everyone benefits. 

In fact, many states are adopting the  BSN in 10 initiative set forth by the American Nurses Association which encourages nurses to obtain their BSN within 10 years of completing their RN degree. 

And, many of these programs can be done online, meaning you don't have to take a break from working. 

Diversify Job Opportunities 

If you're looking for more of a challenge or just a change of pace in your nursing career, earning a BSN is a great way make this happen.

It can be quite difficult for an RN without a BSN to advance through the ranks. 

But, when you earn a BSN, you get the opportunity to specialize and diversify your options. Maybe you're interested in a supervisory role? Or assisting in surgeries? Or working with anesthesia?

A BSN is a gateway to all these opportunities. 

Plus, it's a stepping to a Master's program, which can expand your job opportunities even further. 

Ready to Earn Your BSN?

We hope this article has encouraged you to continue your education as a nurse. 

If you have any questions about applying to a BSN program or would like more information, please get in touch.

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