As health care continues to advance and patients’ needs become more complex, a growing number of hospitals are establishing new standards for their nursing staff, only hiring nurses who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in nursing.
Magnet-designated hospitals, which the American Nurses Credentialing Center recognizes for excellence in patient care delivery, are great examples. These hospitals require every nurse with management or leadership status to have at least a BSN degree. Also, facilities applying for Magnet status must have a plan in place for employing an 80% baccalaureate-prepared RN workforce by the year 2020.
There are even more hospitals that would hire only BSN nurses if it were up to some New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island lawmakers who have proposed “BS in 10” legislation. This law would require nurses without a bachelor’s degree to earn one within their first 10 years of practice.
By earning a nursing BSN degree, you can start your career and avoid all interruptions. While an associate degree nursing program can teach you the basics of nursing, it can fall short in developing your critical-thinking and decision-making skills. A bachelor’s degree in nursing program cultivates these advanced skills and expands your education to include leadership, research and public health.
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