5 Reasons to Earn Your BSN in 2018: A Faculty Perspective

Chamberlain BSN student

If you know someone who's thinking about going back to school to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), you can assure them there are a number of great reasons to embark on this journey. We interviewed two of our RN to BSN Degree Completion Option faculty and experienced nursing professionals, Melissa Myers, DNP, RN, CNE, CPN, and Kate Cook, MSN, RN, to gain their perspective on why nurses should earn a BSN.
Professors Kate Cook and Melissa Meyers

1. MORE AND MORE HOSPITALS ARE REQUIRING BSN DEGREES

Many hospitals are already hiring only BSN-degreed nurses or that is their goal. This is according to the American Nurses Association, who also stated that as of 2013, the American Nurses Credentialing Center requires all nurse managers and nurse leaders to hold 
a BSN or higher degree in order to obtain Magnet® status.1

2. IT CAN OPEN NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses with a BSN could have additional job prospects, although there is no guarantee of a job or job opportunity.2 Chamberlain has had students pursue many different avenues – school nursing, forensics, corrections, home health and hospice. From acute and critical care to outpatient leadership roles, BSN-prepared nurses have a variety of options.

3. IT CAN STRENGTHEN YOUR POPULATION CARE

All of the changes in healthcare, including technological advancements, new research and increased life expectancy rates, is generating a need for nurses with higher levels of education. Chamberlain degree programs and program options prepare you to handle complex issues – especially in the areas of diversity, culture and specialty populations. 

4. RECEIVE THE SUPPORT YOU NEED TO EARN A BSN WHILE WORKING

Something that we’ve recognized since teaching at Chamberlain is that Chamberlain Care® and our teaching philosophies are not just on paper – we truly uphold them. Chamberlain leaders are constantly providing new resources for students. And, as faculty, we make ourselves available to support and guide our students. Concerned about adapting to an online environment? Receive extensive support including a student success strategy course in your first semester.

5. RECEIVE BETTER ACCESS TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING ORGANIZATIONS

Networking opportunities arise from being a part of professional, international nursing organizations that have a minimum requirement of holding a BSN (like Sigma Theta Tau).

1 http://ojin.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/TableofContents/Vol-21-2016/No3-Sept-2016/Registered-Nurses-as-Professionals.html

2 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm#tab-6

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