Why a B.S. in Nursing?

The Importance of Having a Bachelor’s Degree

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 B.S. in Nursing-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% baccalaureate-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 bachelor’s degrees.

As you can see, the importance of having a Bachelor of Science in Nursing 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 baccalaureate is a precursor to the advanced degrees required for these titles.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing vs. Associate Degree in Nursing

 

Bachelor’s

Associates

Skill Level

Basic and advanced nursing skills, including leadership trainingBasic, fundamental nursing skills

Job Security

StableUnpredictable

Income Level

Higher earning potential via upward mobilityLess opportunity for financial gain

On the Job

High autonomy when treating patientsLess independence when treating patients

 

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