There is a desire for 80% of nurses to have their Bachelor's Degree by 2020 (Boivin, J. 2019). Although this will not be the case, it is encouraging to know that Associate Degree Nurses who have gone back to school has increased from 23,000 to 56,000. I am among those nurses that obtained their Bachelor's Degree several years after obtaining my Associates Degree in nursing.
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As of 2020, 65.2% of the RN workforce earned a baccalaureate or higher degree as their highest level of nursing education.nearly 41% of employers require new hires to have a bachelor’s degree while 77% strongly prefer baccalaureate-prepared nurses.
The number of nurses going back to school for a Bachelor's degrees(BSN)has increased. Some hospitals will only hire nurses with a BSN degree because of special certification called magnet status is achieved. Today it is easier to obtain a higher degree. Must degrees are available online and with a flexible schedule. The classes require computer skills and alot of paper writing. The course work for my masters degree was easier the my bachelors degree.
It took me 20 years to get my BSN, then I went straight into masters program. If you need to start working as soon as possible get your associate degree but go straight into bachelors program. And follow in masters program in you know what you want to be when you grow up as a nurse.