What Can You Do With a BSN?
More and more nurses are earning their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, which means eventually having a BSN is going to be considered standard. BSNs aren’t just advancement for the sake of advancement, though. Getting one provides very real results for nurses, both in their careers and how they practice their craft daily.
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Getting your BSN is one of the best ways to advance within an institution you’re already a part of. In many hospitals and clinics, having a BSN is a good way (and maybe even a requirement) for advancing to a leadership position or moving into a higher pay bracket. Even if you’re happy with your work environment, co-workers, and organization, a BSN can help you do more within your current environment.
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Get a new job
Nursing is a huge field. There are hundreds of jobs you can do as a nurse, many of them highly specialized. Obviously you can work at a hospital or clinic, but nurses can also work in forensics, on cruise ships, in prisons, or in surgery. For most of these jobs, employers are going to want to hire someone with their BSN. Getting your bachelor’s degree can get you out of the hospital and into the world, or into a more specialized section of the hospital.
Whether it’s with their existing employer or somewhere new, nurses with their BSN tend to make more money than those without. A lot more. It’s possible to make six figures as a nurse, but pay like that only comes with having at least a BSN.
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Getting your BSN is one of the best ways to advance your nursing career.
Get a better understanding of nursing
Getting a BSN is about results, but it’s also a great way to improve yourself as a student of nursing. Diving deeper into topics like population-focused care, quality and safety in nursing, and data-driven decision-making can give you a deeper and richer understanding of nursing as a field and healthcare as a whole. Studying topics like that means you won’t just know what nurses do; you’ll also know why they do it and how healthcare organizations work on a broad scale. That knowledge, context, and appreciation for the work can take you from being someone who carries out decisions to someone who makes them.
Get better patient results
Ultimately, the point of getting a BSN is to learn more, develop yourself, and be a better nurse. Nurses who get their BSN can provide better care than those who just have an associate degree. Hospitals with more BSN holders on staff manage chronic conditions better and have lower mortality rates. When nurses apply themselves, study, and develop their knowledge, the patients are the ones who ultimately benefit. After all, saving and improving lives is one of the major reasons why so many of us became nurses in the first place.
Whether you’re considering nursing school for the first time or want to complete your BSN, Ameritech is there for you. Visit our program pages to learn more about our nursing and RN–BSN programs, and follow us on Facebook.