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.