Professional nurses have a duty to continue their education to stay on top of medical advancements, technology, and research. Knowledge is power and never is it so critical as in its implications on patients’ lives. Continuing your education beyond the associate’s degree in nursing will broaden your career opportunities and open the door to specialty careers. More than that, it will improve your ability to make critical decisions, which could lead to positions in leadership.
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Do you need a bachelor’s degree to become a registered nurse? Truly, there are multiple paths to entry-level nursing. In Mississippi, as in other states, graduates of the associate degree in nursing (ADN) and the bachelor of science in nursing programs are eligible to sit the NCLEX to practice as a registered nurse. Graduates of both programs hold the same titles and likely will perform the same duties in a hospital or other medical setting. That said, BSN graduate has … Read the rest
Nationally, hospitals need more than 235,000 nurses to fill current vacancies. By 2026, employers will need more than 437,000 new nurses to care for the growing baby boomer population. Although the medical community is working actively with nurse educators and nurses to address the shortage, which affects nurses and patients alike, the battle over what constitutes proper education for nurses could jeopardize the timely delivery of solutions. In Vermont, the majority of nurses receive their education through the associate degree … Read the rest
In 2010, the Institute of Medicine published a report to address a current health care crisis surrounding the delivery of quality patient care and positive patient outcomes. The report sought to highlight solutions that would strengthen the profession of nursing and encourage collaboration with other health care professionals to improve the health care system. One of the IOM’s recommendations is to grow the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate of science in nursing by 2020. This suggestion is based on … Read the rest
Many nurses have an incorrect impression of the role and benefits of the bachelor’s degree in the profession of nursing. One common misconception is that the BSN is only for nurses pursuing managerial positions. The changing landscape of health care demands more from nurses, even those at the bedside. The bachelor’s degree in nursing covers additional study in evidence-based practice, leadership, public health, and nursing science that helps graduates take a holistic approach to practice. The shortcomings of the ADN … Read the rest
The Institute of Medicine and Robert Woods Johnson Foundation are just two of several industry giants that advocate the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Their efforts to boost the percentage of the workforce holding a BSN is not a criticism of nurses practicing with an associate’s degree but a natural response to the changing health care system. The aging population, rise in chronic diseases, increasing complexity of care, and legislative reforms have broadened the role of nurses beyond the capabilities … Read the rest