Nursing is not for the faint of heart – those who go on to establish a successful career in the field of nursing are driven, passionate professionals who prioritize education and skill building.
In other words, the more dedication you put into your education, the more success you will achieve as an established nursing professional, and some of the only limitations to advancing your career are directly proportional to your level of education.
Let's talk about a few of the reasons that RNs should consider getting a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) now — instead of waiting any longer.
A nationwide shift is occurring in health care.
While earning an RN license is still the minimum requirement to become a practicing nurse, more and more states are moving in the direction of requiring RNs to achieve a BSN. This initiative has been pushed since the 1960s, but now more than ever, states are moving toward adopting this legislation.
The National Academy of Medicine made a push in 2010 to have “80 percent of practicing RNs with a BSN by 2020.” While the results are not in yet if the 80 percent goal has been reached, many campaigns were implemented over the last decade on state, public and academic levels to foster growth toward four-year degrees.
When the push was made in 2010, there were already 36 percent of RNs with a BSN — not including those with only an associate degree who went on to obtain their BSN. With standards rising to match the growing complexity of modern health care, RNs will need to strongly consider having a minimum of a BSN to stay competitive in the field.
Holy Family College’s online RN to BSN Completion Program nurtures students at a distance with the needed flexibility to make the transition from an RN license to a BSN as smooth as possible.
Stricter legislature has become increasingly common.
In 2017, the governor of New York signed Senate Bill S6768 into law – stating that all registered nurses must “either have or obtain a bachelor’s degree within 10 years of initial licensure.” While RNs licensed before the bill went into effect are exempt, new students will have to abide by the law.
Although New York is only one of the first states to declare this as law, there is no doubt that other states will follow suit as advancements in health care are being made at a rapid pace.
A BSN increases a nurses sense of job security.
In addition to keeping ahead of the increasing requirements, having a BSN will help you keep the competitive edge over RNs and will keep you in the running against other BSNs. With advancements in health care, hospitals and health care facilities are looking for nurses that can do more than the basic level of clinical practice now more than ever.
Organizations need nurses who are willing to make tough decisions and act as a leader among their peers. Making yourself invaluable in the workplace with a four-year degree will help ensure you stay on the payroll as long as you choose. Or, if needing to relocate or make a workplace change, your BSN will give you a competitive edge over other candidates.
A BSN will improve your chances for career advancement.
Another leading factor behind earning your BSN is the opportunity for advancement in your nursing career. An RN, primarily trained only in clinical care, does not receive the advanced leadership studies offered in a BSN program. Obtaining a BSN will increase your eligibility for roles previously outside of your grasp. BSN holders are poised for positions in clinical research, leadership or managerial positions.
Furthermore, having a BSN is the stepping stone needed not only to advance your career, but also to prepare you for graduate school.
Learn more about the online RN to BSN Completion Program at Holy Family College!
Holy Family College offers a fully online RN to BSN Program that is available for working RNs looking to obtain their BSN and for new BSN candidates. The RN to BSN Completion Program enables RNs who are already working to fit college into their life regardless of their location.
Are you interested in learning more about Holy Family College's RN to BSN online nursing program? Download the RN to BSN Guide today!