Benefits of Having a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree

While multiple paths to a nursing career exist, the long-term benefits of why earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is a great move for your professional future are proven and numerous.

Unlike what you’ll learn in an associate degree program, a BSN degree program such as ABSN@UST covers a wider range of nursing topics, taking a deeper dive into research, management and community health. With a BSN, you’ll also stand to gain more:

Marketability

In its 2010 report called “The Future of Nursing”, the Institute of Medicine recommended increasing the number of BSN holders in the U.S. workforce from 50 to 80 percent by 2020. Since then, healthcare employers have been making an even greater effort to hire BSN-educated nurses, showing a strong preference for job candidates with this level of education over candidates educated at the associate degree level. Some employers eager to achieve Magnet status have taken this preference a step further and are now requiring a BSN as a minimum qualification for nursing jobs.

Autonomy

Leaders in the healthcare field continue to recognize the vital role BSN-educated nurses play in improving patient outcomes, empowering them to make more critical care decisions than ever before.

That’s because BSN degree programs go beyond associate’s degree level education, instructing students on developing key critical thinking and leadership skills that earn them the respect from healthcare leaders.

Many studies, including this oft-cited report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, also find the more BSN-prepared nurses hospitals have on staff, the lower its patient mortality rates and healthcare costs and the shorter its average patient stays.

Other studies also point to more BSN-educated nurses on staff to lower:

  • Incidence of pressure ulcers.
  • Postoperative deep vein thrombosis.
  • Hospital-acquired infections.

Earning Potential

With greater demand for their skillset and the level of autonomy and trust BSN-educated nurses enjoy often comes higher earning potential than their ADN-educated counterparts. The annual mean wage for nurses in Texas, for example, was $75,510 as of May 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

It’s also worth mentioning that a BSN degree is a stepping stone for the advanced nursing degrees required for such high-paying nursing roles as:

  • Nurse anesthetist
  • Nurse midwife
  • Nurse practitioner

Contact us to learn more about the benefits of a BSN degree in relation to your success in the nursing profession.

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