A Degree that Works: Benefits of a BSN

As the healthcare industry continues to evolve and progress, a growing number of hospitals are only hiring nurses with baccalaureate degrees. One might even assume the industry is moving in a direction where an associate degree in nursing could eventually become obsolete. There is also a mounting body of evidence that shows our country’s desire for more baccalaureate-educated nurses as a means to improve patient outcomes and healthcare delivery.

Magnet® hospitals are a great example. To obtain Magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, hospitals must have BSN-educated staff in management and leadership-based roles. Additionally, hospitals in the process of applying for Magnet status must have a plan in place for employing an 80 percent BSN-educated nursing workforce by 2020.