It most certainly is if you ever want to go in to one of the four advanced practice roles--nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, or nurse anesthetist.
Yes, many employers pay more for bachelor's prepared nurses. In addition, a bachelors prepared nurse has the ability to move easier into management positions or other positions they may desire, in their career lifetime. Nursing nationally has a goal to have all nurses obtain bachelor's degree by 2020. If you are deciding on associates or bachelor's, go for the bachelor's, it will pay off, both professionally and financially.
Many nurses have gone through the decision of whether to earn an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree. They pause and wonder, “Is getting a BSN worth it?” Before you can make that same decision, it’s important to understand the difference between the two, including education, job prospects and your potential career growth.
One of the main differences between earning your Associate’s Degree in Nursing and your Bachelor of Science in Nursing is the amount of time you will spend earning your degree and what your education will consist of.
If you went into a hospital and examined the nurses, it would be difficult to tell who had earned a BSN and who had earned an ADN. Many of these nurses will hold the same positions. Both BSN- and ADN-educated nurses can work as labor and delivery nurses, critical care nurses, or ICU nurses, amongst many other options.
However, advancing your nursing career beyond those positions will require a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This is the key difference that makes getting a BSN worth it.
Yes. Nurses and health professionals are in demand and will continue to be in demand because of the changes in healthcare and the aging baby boomers that will require care. Before, people could enter nursing without a bachelor's, but the policies have been changing and now nurses require bachelor degrees in order to practice! Once you have your BSN you can sit for the licensing boards and then practice as an RN (registered nurse) or you can continue to get your MSN to become a Nurse Practitioner in a specialized field. This means you will be able to diagnose and prescribe within your specialty. Common specialties include psychiatry, acute care, family medicine, midwifery, and pediatrics. As an NP you can either work as a provider or as an RN. But either way, you would need a BSN.
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