The ABCs of RN to BSN: New Skills, More Opportunities
As a registered nurse, caring for others is part of your daily routine. But now there’s a way to care for yourself–in particular, your career, your skill set and your future. Earning your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) could be that natural push needed to move your life forward. More potential earnings, higher market value, a mastery of critical thinking and leadership opportunities could all be part of that critical push. Moreover, many hospitals and healthcare facilities are only seeking nurses with a BSN, and that trend is likely only going to gain steam going forward. A BSN is required for many nursing roles, too, (especially leadership roles), and will spur your growth both personally and professionally.
William Peace University offers the only RN to BSN program in North Carolina’s Research Triangle.
Our unique partnerships with Wake Med, UNC Rex Healthcare and UNC Physicians Network mean you’ll be getting real-world, tangible knowledge and know-how every step of the way. Starting last year, registered nurses who hold an Associate’s Degree in Nursing or Diploma can affordably earn their bachelor’s degree with flexible class schedules, including online, on-site and on-campus options. Our comprehensive, accelerated program is open to registered nurses (with a current, valid RN license in North Carolina). Qualifying applicants may be eligible to transfer up to 90 credits to the program. And you could complete it by this time next year. So your future could get started sooner than you think.
The WPU RN to BSN Program Offers:
- Earn a BSN in as few as 12 months
- Six start dates throughout the year
- Flexible, hybrid class schedules and learning options (online, on-campus and on-site)
- Build a personalized track, with part-time and full-time options
- 25% discount for Wake Med & UNC Rex Healthcare employees
- Cost: $450/credit hour
How Obtaining a BSN can Enhance Your Skill Set
A BSN Degree will open up a spectrum of new abilities and career opportunities:
After achieving your BSN degree, you will have sharpened critical thinking skills to provide better care to patients, advanced evidence-based nursing and research knowledge to apply, will be better prepared to assume leadership roles in healthcare, enroll in advanced education and propel your career upward and forward.
All these abilities are foundations for lasting leadership positions and increased salary opportunities as you climb the ladder.
But Where Will a BSN Take You?
Your field is growing, and growing quickly. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that nurse employment will surge by 19% by 2022, and someone with a BSN will be eligible for 88% of these projected positions. A thumbnail sketch of career and professional possibilities–each transformative in its own unique way–follows:
Private medical and surgical hospitals
48% of nurses work in these settings, treating a wide array of illnesses and injuries. Some of the most common areas nurses are needed are in surgery, maternity wards, and emergency rooms.
Working here generally means fewer emergencies and more regular hours. Nurses’ duties in a physicians’ office include patient prep, records administration and giving injections.
Public medical and surgical hospitals
Public hospitals are now less common in the U.S., so you’ll find fewer openings here. But for those that do, working in a public hospital includes assisting in the maternity ward and emergency room, as well as maintaining patient records and medication administration.
Home health care services
You’ll work to make sure patients receive the medication and care they need. Patients might be children with medical needs that their parents can’t meet or adults who are unable to care for themselves.
Nursing care facilities
Nurse duties may include providing elderly patient care, including bathing and assisting in daily activities. Other nursing care facilities provide rehabilitation care for patients who were recently released from hospitals.
Benefits of a BSN Degree
More prepared for a hospital setting
This is due to the time and commitment spent during their training, and BSN programs’ intense emphasis on nursing research, ethics, and informatics (unlike the majority of ADN programs). Four of the highest paying nursing jobs – nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist and clinical nurse specialist – require you to have a BSN.
Management and leadership opportunities
BSN prepared nurses can move into management and leadership roles within the healthcare setting. ADN nurses are unable to do so.
Better patient care
Nurses with a BSN have better patient outcomes, including lower mortality rates and lower failure to rescue rates as well. The research also indicates that BSN holders have higher proficiency in making good diagnoses.
Eligible to apply to Magnet hospitals
Magnet designation, obtained through the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, is a highly coveted designation that signifies a hospital is one of the best in the country. One of the requirements is the educational level of the nursing staff. The more nurses that have advanced nursing degrees, such as BSN and MSN, the higher the likelihood of earning and keeping a Magnet status.
Eligible for many more posted nurse jobs
According to a recent study by BurningGlass.com, in a study of 187,000* nurse job posts over three months, there were the following education requirements in the posts:
- Diploma or associate’s degree – 51%
- Bachelor’s degree – 37%
- Graduate degree – 23%
- High school – 6%
This shows that a nurse with an RN diploma is eligible for 51% of the positions, while a person with a BSN is eligible for 88%. Further, the study showed that the mean salary for a BSN holder was $10,000 higher.
Heightened clinical skills
According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, BSN nurses have superior clinical skills than ADN nurses. Reports indicate that BSN nurses have lower patient mortality rates, lower failure-to-rescue rates, higher proficiency at diagnosis and evaluating nursing interventions, and improved professional integration and research/evaluation skills.
A step towards an MSN degree
To obtain a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), nurses must first complete a BSN program. MSNs are required to become a nurse practitioner, certified nurse anesthetist, or a nurse educator.
A BSN May Be a Requirement in the Future
Starting your career with an RN degree will help you gain some real-world nursing experience. But the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published a study recently on the nursing profession. It recommended that BSN holders be increased from 50% to 80% by 2020. Nurses are also strongly encouraged to get their BSN within five years of earning a diploma or an associate’s degree, according to the New York Times.
As these large, respected medical institutions offer these recommendations, health care employers tend to follow them, as well. This means that many could require that their nurses earn their BSN by 2020.
Access to non-hospital opportunities
Obtaining a BSN degree opens the door to non-hospital opportunities. Most nurses do not foresee themselves as bedside nurses when they are 50-60 years old. Nurses who hold a BSN degree can move into teaching, case management, informatics, policy review, and management.
Take a Breath. Then Take Action.
This is a lot to digest, about an especially important moment in your career, and your life. We suggest that you get in touch if you’d like to see a program fitted to your life and life goals. Because our program is defined by its flexibility, it’s high touch, personalized, and uniquely ideal for the working nurse, parent and family caretaker.
You can get a few more questions answered, and take a few more steps toward realizing your goal of achieving a BSN degree here.
We look forward to hearing from you, and helping you on your journey to this heightened career plateau!
William Peace University’s RN to BSN program Mission is to advance the education of registered nurses by enhancing their leadership and critical inquiry skills to promote professional growth and development.