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Why a BSN Degree?

August 28, 2017
Posted by: David Sands

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At its core, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is similar to an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), but a BSN makes you eligible for additional opportunities not available to ADN holders. For those aspiring to become registered nurses (RNs), here are some advantages of a BSN compared to an ADN degree.

Advantages of a BSN Degree

  • Exclusive nursing careers – BSN graduates are eligible for diverse administrative and leadership positions for which ADN graduates are not eligible. For example, only with a BSN can RNs apply to advanced or graduate-level programs to become:
    • Nurse practitioners
    • Nurse midwives
    • Nurse anesthetists
    • Clinical nurse specialists

BSN graduates can also segue into leadership positions in other fields, including pediatrics, gynecology, surgery, oncology, diabetes or psychiatry.

  • More choices – Although coursework of a BSN is challenging, some BSN programs allow you to choose how you complete your work. Many BSN courses can be attended in person or can be completed online from the comfort of home.
  • Offer better care – Studies have shown that nurses with BSN degrees have better patient outcomes, with decreased mortality and lower failure to rescue rates. Research has also shown that BSN holders have higher proficiency in making accurate decisions regarding immediate treatment.
  • Expected growth – Demand for BSN graduates is expected to rise by 2020 due to their expanded, well-rounded skill sets. Studies from reputable organizations, such as the Institute of Medicine, are recommending more BSN graduates be hired in the future. Many organizations, like the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, are taking them seriously and actively encouraging RNs holding traditional associate degrees to take advantage of BSN programs. Obtaining a BSN not only provides valuable supplemental knowledge, but will also make you highly sought after by employers in the health care industry.

Earn a BSN Degree from University of Maine at Fort Kent

Earning a BSN degree has never been easier than with University of Maine at Fort Kent’s RN to BSN program. Our program is designed to be flexible and responsive – within the constraints of curriculum, university and accreditation requirements – to individual student needs while incorporating quality educational theory.

Traditional, accelerated and online program options are available to provide optimal flexibility to cater to the unique scheduling constraints of a diverse and often times busy student body. Contact University of Maine at Fort Kent today to enroll in our BSN program and start your new career in nursing within two years!