BSN is the Way of the Future

July 14, 2012 in News

Bachelors of Science in Nursing

A nursing career is a wonderful career to consider.  It is prestigious, rewarding and give most people a sense of extreme satisfaction helping others.  You can become a nurse with an Associate degree in Nursing plus successful passing of the NCLEX exam.  Just a word or warning, though, although becoming a nurse with an associate’s degree is very doable; there is a big push by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) calling for 80 percent of nurses to hold at least baccalaureate degree (BSN) by 2020.  Some individual states are beginning to show an increase in BSN holders already.

With all the healthcare reforms that are being made, this “recommendation’s” aim is to prepare nurses to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing healthcare system and to ensure safer care to all patients.

In about 40 states, action coalitions have been formed in response to the IOM’s recommendation.  These coalitions seem to be the driving force trying to make this a reality at local, state and regional levels.  Many established organizations such as the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing have given these coalitions strength and credibility.

What is being done?

Different strategies have been applied in various states to try and bring up the number nurses with a BSN.  In Baltimore at Franklin Square Hospital Center there has been a jump from 9 percent to 50 percent in seven years of BSN holders.  This jump is attributed to serious support for professional development and selective hiring.  Many of the new nurses being hired are nurses that already have a BSN and those who do not commit to beginning a BSN program within 12 to 18 months.  They have also hired a nurse with a Master’s degree to act as a professional development coordinator ensuring BSN and MSN candidates have the coaching and tutoring that is needed.

It is critical for community college programs to encourage their two year graduates to continue straight through school and obtain a BSN.  In Texas there has been a development of dual-enrollment programs in which students enroll in a community college and a university at the same time.  This creates a “pathway program” allowing students to complete an associate’s degree and provided they meet the requirements they can move on to the university and finish their BSN.  Also in Texas, there are a high number of licensed RNs with BSNs due to the longstanding cooperation between schools and the state to lower the price of a nursing degree through online courses and financial assistance.BSN Nurse

Employers will most likely soon be looking for a BSN when hiring their nurses.  Nursing is a great career with many opportunities to take advantage of.  Consider the BSN option and increase your opportunities in the world of nursing.

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