12 biggest reasons nurses get a BSN

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We know a nurse who went back and forth for 17 years asking herself, “Should I get a BSN? Should I wait to get a BSN? Can I possibly get a BSN and work at the same time?”

17 years.

Well, we’re pleased to announce that she finally DID get that BSN, and all signs point to a happy result! So, what led her to finally make the right call? Maybe because she read this list:

12 biggest reasons nurses get a BSN

1. More job opportunities. Many employers require a BSN for numerous positions (especially management jobs) within their organization.

2. Leadership. To bring management and leadership skills to the floor.

3. Low-impact job options. As the years wear on, you’ll inevitably find yourself desiring a nursing job with less physical demands than floor nursing. Being able to fall back on the BSN degree makes this transition possible.

4. Master’s prep. It’s a stepping stone to getting a Advertisementmaster’s degree.

5. Marketability. An increasing number of clinical job postings are listing “BSN preferred.”

6. Opens the door to non-hospital opportunities. While you may be satisfied at your job today, earning a BSN will allow you to avoid scrambling when you’re ready to get out from under the fluorescents.

7. Personal enrichment. Earning a BSN requires a broad range of studies including liberal arts, history, poli-sci, informaticsAdvertisement, health assessment, forensics, genetics…the list goes on!

8. Higher pay. ’Nuff said.

9. Flexibility. You can earn a BSN without being a full-time student. The flexibility of Advertisementonline education appeals to nurses who are interested in a higher degree, but are unable to devote the time all at once.

10. NP prep. It’s a stepping stone to getting the MSN as an NP.

11. Pride. The satisfaction of completing a bachelor’s degree.

12. Supplemental knowledge. Nurses who are interested in being the best they can be appreciate the extra knowledge that will enhance their everyday nursing skills.

Do you have a BSN degree? Tell us why!

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  3. Karen Southard RN RN

    I got my BSN because it was denied to me when I graduated high school. I was accepted in the nursing program of a 4year college, but was unable to attend due to lack of money, and I did not qualify to receive anything but $200 a month provided I quit my part time job and moved out of my family home. 15 years down the road I lost my job in a te tile mill, and, believe it or not, I had 2 agencies falling all over themselves to send me to a community college in their nursing program as a dislocated worker due to my job being move downstate. I was and am very proud of my ADN- Associate in Science degree I obtained. But I always wanted that 4 year degree and my goal was to get it before I turn 50 years old. I was 48 when I graduated with my BSN! Just for your information, in the state of North Carolina, a new grad nurse is paid the same salary regardless of if your degree is Diploma, ADN-RN, BSN, or MSN if you work the hospital floor. I cannot say that my BSN made me a better nurse or got me more money because it did not. I did it for my own personal goal.

  4. karzoo123

    There is no pay difference with my BSN unless you mean by more job opportunities. The ADNs and BSNs where I work receive the same pay scale.

  5. Poppy Ditchweed

    I have a BSN in nursing. I just retired after 37 years as an RN and 44 years in the nursing field. Most of my career I did floor nursing with roles ranging from substitute nursing supervisor, charge nurse and floor nurse. I had 14 years neurology/neurosurgery, close to 24 years of cardiology/telemetry on most of the jobs I worked, and Outpatient infusion of chemo etc the last 10 1/2 I worked. Most of my jobs also required good med/surg skills. I have often been told that I was an excellent nurse and that I was very good at my job, whatever it might be at the time. In all honesty, I acquired the majority of my skills through taking myself to various workshops and learning experience [an LPN taught me how to start IV’s 2 years after I graduated]. I wanted to learn and know as much as possible about whatever I was doing at the time. I have always enjoyed working with nursing students, but found the vast majority of BSN grads have little to no knowledge of basic nursing and patient physiology. They have a lot of theoretical knowledge but no idea how to or desire to utilize it. They know how to write a research article and they all want to specialize or go into management, but don’t know how to relate in a human manner to the patient or their families. They don’t seem to understand that most basic yet most important skill of all : How to listen to their patients. My BSN did provide some better job opportunities [especially since that is the basic requirement for so many hospitals now] and a slightly higher wage. I never wanted to go into management or nursing education, so I never got my masters. I loved floor nursing and direct patient contact and when physically that became too painful, I transferred to the Infusion clinic, where I could still have that direct contact without the heavy labor. I got my BSN because my mother, who was a diploma nurse, told me if I was stupid enough to become a nurse, I was going to college. So I did.