How important is it to get a BSN? - page 4

I often hear about how important it is to get a BSN, and that a lot of hospitals are often looking for new grads who have a BSN degree, as that's something that they're trying to phase in. I was... Read More

  1. by   milmom35
    Like most people who posted here, I urge you to go for the BSN if you plan on having a nursing or other healthcare career (even non-bedside roles). Even being near retirement may not give you an easy pass--one of my nurse managers went back for her BSN after decades of experience. Our hospital was going Magnet and all leadership needed to have a BSN or MSN. Things have changed since hospital diploma programs dominated nursing education!

    I started out with an ADN in Northern California, and quickly got a job. I went back for a BSN a couple years later. When I graduated, I had lots of job opportunities even as the recession hit. Fellow BSN grads who did not have an RN license struggled. I had the ideal combination of experience AND a BSN. Did I get higher pay? Nope, in fact I made less money because I relocated to another state that did not pay as much. But I was at a well-known academic medical center where I learned a ton and eventually went to another prestigious grad school. My biggest regret is I didn't find a better way to finance my education so I have lots of student loans. But I'm glad I invested in myself and met the goals I set out to accomplish. I landed my dream job so I have normal work hours & holidays, an amazing boss, respect from colleagues and I don't wake up thinking about calling out. And I know I have great career options when it's time to move on. So, think about getting the BSN for yourself. It's a strategic investment in your future.
  2. by   smartnurse1982
    I know many people believe that one should only obtain a Bsn to work in hospitals but be aware that many non-bedside Rn positions are requiring Bsn also.

    The VNA in my area requires field Home care nurses to have a Bsn.