Why a BSN?
The Importance of Having a BSN
As patient needs become more complex and the healthcare industry continues to evolve and progress, a growing number of hospitals are only hiring nurses with baccalaureate degrees. It seems healthcare is moving in a direction where an associate degree in nursing (ADN) could eventually become obsolete.
Magnet® hospitals, which the American Nurses Credentialing Center recognizes for excellence in patient care, are a great example. To obtain Magnet status, hospitals are required to have BSN-educated staff in management and leadership-based roles. Furthermore, hospitals currently applying for Magnet status must have a plan in place for employing an 80% BSN-educated nursing workforce by 2020.
Additionally, a 2015 employer survey conducted by the Florida Center for Nursing shows that 70% of Florida hospitals prefer to hire nursing school graduates with BSN degrees.
As you can see, the importance of having a BSN over an ADN is substantial. Furthermore, if you eventually want to become a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist, or nurse midwife—four of the highest paying careers in nursing—a BSN is a precursor to the advanced degrees required for these titles.