The Importance of the Bachelor’s in Nursing Degree (BSN)

The Importance of the Bachelor’s in Nursing Degree (BSN)

Caroline Porter Thomas of EmpoweRN joins us today to explain the four reasons why the Bachelor's in Nursing (BSN) degree is important and you should have it in your mind as you consider your nursing degree options. And don't worry -- if you are pursuing an ADN right now or hold an ADN, Caroline outlines how you can enroll in a bridge program to earn a BSN.

The Importance of the Bachelor’s in Nursing Degree (BSN)

Caroline Porter Thomas of EmpoweRN joins us today to explain the four reasons why the Bachelor’s in Nursing (BSN) degree is important and you should have it in your mind as you consider your nursing degree options. And don’t worry — if you are pursuing an ADN right now or hold an ADN, Caroline outlines how you can enroll in a bridge program to earn a BSN.

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    Hi, guys, welcome to Nursing.org. My name is Caroline Porter Thomas, and I’m from the YouTube channel EmpoweRN. I’ve teamed up with nursing.org to bring you a lot of awesome videos and this is one of them. In this video, I’m going to go over my top four reasons why I think pursuing your BSN is really important.

    So the first reason is because you have better abilities to be hired, or better hiring marketability. Basically, what’s happening is there is initiative that’s in place, which is called the 80/20 by 2020. What that means is that by the year 2020, every hospital is basically mandated to have 80% of their staff BSN prepared. So what that means is that if they start acting now during their hiring processes and hire mainly BSN prepared nurses, they’ll be better able to fulfill this initiative. And I’m thinking that if they don’t meet this criteria, there could be some kind of penalties in place. So a lot of hospitals are really making sure that they do hire BSN prepared nurses, so that they can meet this. So that is the number one reason.

    So the second reason is there have been a few studies that show that there are better patient outcomes with BSN prepared nurses. And I know, just as well as you might know, that there are amazing nurses that are LPNs, associate degree RNs, so it’s not an individual thing. But what some of these places did was they did research, and they showed that actually less patients died when there were more BSN prepared nurses on staff. So that’s a pretty big deal. So I’m going to put a link below to one of the articles. You can read that on your own time, it’s definitely very interesting to read.

    So the third reason why I think it’s important to get your BSN is because you’re, basically, placed in a position where you can grow more. I know me, personally, I worked with a lot of associate degree prepared nurses and LPNS, especially when I first started, and I was definitely given a lot more opportunities, and I’m pretty sure that it was because of the fact that I had a BSN. But you can become the charge nurse faster. You can also become a nurse leader, maybe a director of the unit. So you can just, basically, take on new roles, which is exciting because when you work in a certain area for a while things can become monotonous, so having this capability makes it a little bit more interesting. So I think that’s something to look forward to.

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    So the fourth reason why I think it’s really important to get your BSN is because you’re just one step away from an advanced degree, which offers a whole new array of responsibilities and opportunities. So what I mean by that is you’re one step away from becoming a nurse practitioner, or you’re one step away from becoming a nurse anesthetist, or a nurse educator. So there’s just so much more opportunity available for you, and if you already have your BSN, you’re just so much more excited about it because you’re already that much of the way done. So I don’t know, to me, now that I have my BSN, I’m always thinking about where I want to go from here because I know that it’s easy to take that next step, then it’s a lot better. If you are going to an LPN or LVN program or associate degree program, don’t freak out. There are so many bridge programs. There’s bridge programs called RN to BSN, which means, basically, associate degree RN to BSN RN. There’s also programs that are LPN to RN, or LPN to BSN, or even LPN to MSN.

    So there’s so many things that you can do, regardless of where you start.

    You just have to get in your mind that the BSN is going to be extremely important for you to, at least, pursue, and then you can go from there. All right, guys, I really hope that you liked this video.

    Please subscribe to this channel, we’d love to see more of you. And, as always, remember to stay positive, stay driven, and come back to Nursing.org all the time. We have so many more videos, I can’t wait to show you.

    All right, I’ll talk to you soon, bye.

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