The healthcare field is constantly developing, and nursing professionals who want to remain competitive should consider how a BSN could benefit their careers. For those interested, an online RN to BSN program can offer flexible course schedules with all the advantages of full accreditation.
A Broader Education
Nurses must be ready to be leaders in their field, and they must provide quality nursing care in a variety of environments and situations. This requires education. According to the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing Report, students who complete an online RN to BSN program graduate with a range of competencies in important areas such as leadership, community and public health, health policy and health care financing, quality improvement and systems thinking.
Improved Patient Outcomes
According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, nurses who have a BSN offer advanced skills in case management and critical thinking, as well as familiarity with a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. These nurses are better positioned to provide quality nursing care that results in improved patient outcomes.
Hospitals that employ a higher number of nurses with BSNs demonstrate lower patient mortality rates, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. A study published in the February 2014 issue of The Lancet found that a 10 percent increase in nurses with BSNs in a hospital or other healthcare setting correlates with a 7 percent decrease in patient deaths.
Job Availability and Increased Pay
Nurses who complete an online RN to BSN program may have an edge on their competition. It is becoming more common for healthcare managers to favor job applicants with bachelor’s degrees. According to a 2014 American Nurses Association report, graduates with BSNs found employment in nursing four to six months after graduation. 43.7 percent of hospitals and other healthcare settings expect new hires to have at least a bachelor’s degree, while 78.9 percent prefer BSN graduates.
A BSN degree may bring nurses higher wages. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for nurses is approximately $65,000.
Learn more about the Columbus State online RN to BSN program.
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