Earning your BSN will increase your career options and insure you are competitive in the hiring process. Many hospitals now require the BSN as a minimum credential for newly hired nurses.
An excerpt from the Institute of Medicine's recommendations for nursing education: "In the 21st century, the health challenges facing the nation have shifted dramatically. The ways in which nurses were educated during the 20th century are no longer adequate for dealing with the realities of health care in the 21st century. As patient needs and care environments have become more complex, nurses need to attain requisite competencies to deliver high-quality care. These competencies include leadership, health policy, system improvement, research and evidence-based practice, and teamwork and collaboration. Nurses also are being called upon to fill expanding roles and to master technological tools and information management systems while collaborating and coordinating care across teams of health professionals. To respond to these increasing demands, the Institute of Medicine calls for nurses to achieve higher levels of education and suggests that they be educated in new ways that better prepare them to meet the needs of the population.
The committee recommends that the proportion of nurses with baccalaureate degrees be increased to 80 percent by 2020." Please visit www.iom.edu for the complete report.