Why Transition From A RN To A BSN?
There are many reasons why you'll want to transition from a RN to a BSN. So, first let's explore what's the difference. It essentially comes down to the level of education you've obtain. You can write your NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination For Registered Nurses) examination after completing your two-year associates degree in nursing (ASN) or you can write the NCLEX-RN after completing your BSN degree. The major difference between the two is level of education. Being an RN (registered nurse) is truly just a label you receive after completing a specific amount of education and then successfully passing your NCLEX-RN. Again, as mentioned you can write the NCLEX-RN to become a registered nurse after a two year associated degree or a 4-year BSN degree. Both will lead to you being able to receive your RN license but both have different outcomes. Here's a summary -
"The main difference between an RN and a BSN isthe level of education someone has received. A registered nurse is able to practice within their field with only an associates degree, but a BSN is the preferred level of education for many nursespecialties throughout the medical career landscape."
So, why transition from an RN to a BSN?
1) BSN's get higher pay because of the responsibilities and opportunities they have available to them. For example, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average pay for BSNs in the US is $75,000, compared with the $66,000 for RN’s.
2) As a BSN, you'll have way more career paths available to you. If you are serious about the healthcare industry and want to pursue nursing full-time, then a having a BSN will allow you to maneuver in other nursing fields. For example, here are some of the options: pediatric nurse, surgical nurse, gynecological nurse and hospice nurse. Institute of Medicine recommends that 80 percent of the nursing workforce be prepared at the baccalaureate level by 2020 to ensure that Americans continue to have access to high-quality healthcare.
3) With all the knowledge you have acquired through coursework and clinical's when pursuing a BSN, you'll be able to care for patients better. Can you believe a 21-year study by the Journal of Nursing Administration actually found patients who had help from nurses with BSN experience had reduced inpatient stays, less complications, and higher survival rates. ????
4) With costs always increasing, we believe if nursing is your life-long aim then you should pursue it now rather then later. If you decide to pursue it later, you can end up paying a lot more for the same level of education you would have received now in 2019. Time should not be wasted because every year this profession does get way more competitive with the people applying for the same jobs as you.
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