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    Why Registered Nurses Should Get A BSN

    Why pursue RN to BSN?

    Increased Opportunities According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026. While your starting salary as an RN will likely be the same whether or not you have a BSN, there is more potential for higher earnings for those with strong educational credentials. Generally, registered nurses with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) will have better job prospects than those without one.

    80/20 Initiative The Institute of Medicine reported on the future of nursing in 2010, making a strong recommendation that 80 percent of the nursing workforce have a baccalaureate degree (BSN) by 2020. At the time of the report’s release, only 50 percent of the nursing workforce had a BSN. Now, there is an estimated 55-60 percent of nurses who have such a degree. “Research has shown a higher percentage of baccalaureate nurses on a unit reduces morbidity and mortality,” says Tina Gerardi, the Deputy for the Academic Progression in Nursing Programs (APIN).

    General BSN Requirements

    • Nursing License
    • Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing
    • Clinical Practice Experience
    • Minimum GPA of 2.0 in college coursework
    • Criminal Background Check
    • General Prerequisites
    • Personal Essays

    Accelerated BSN Programs

    An Accelerated BSN is specifically designed for those who have already earned a college degree in another field and now want to become RNs. In many cases, going this route can get you in scrubs even more quickly than a two-year associate degree program (ADN). That’s because accelerated, or sometimes referred to as second-degree, nursing programs can be completed in as little as 12 – 18 months.

    As far as the “best” Accelerated BSN programs, among the top-ranked nursing programs in the country compiled by USA Today, here are the ones that offer an Accelerated BSN:

    • Johns Hopkins University – a 13-month Summer-Entry Accelerated Program
    • Georgetown University – a 16-month Accelerated Second Degree BSN
    • Quinnipiac University – this program can be completed in one calendar year beginning in August
    • New York University - The 15-month program is completed in four consecutive semesters (fall, spring, summer, fall or spring, summer, fall, spring)

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