RNs who have their BSN are "preferred" by major hospitals, if not all hospitals, because the
hospitals want Magnet status. The way I understand it, magnet status = more money for hospitals.
Why? Because RNs with BSNs have more exposure to researching for better patient outcomes, preventive health measures, etc.
I would not compared it to a master's or doctorate level but I hope you get the point.
Says who? Academia world and top executives running the hospitals, I would think.
Think of it this way, ADN, BSN, MSN, PhD in nursing do not get paid at the same rate.
The more you know the more valuable you are to the executives and more money will roll in, to the ones at
the top of course.
I'm not implying that this is all a matter of more money for hospitals, but its part of it.
If an individual comes down with some serious, complicated, complex disease or a very delicate surgery is
needed, that person would pick a magnet status hospital over the one that is not, just my opinion.
Check out this link (sorry you'll have to copy and paste into new search box):
Magnet status: What it is, what it is not, and what it could be
I too am a LPN and am in the process of getting my RN
but I will continue for my BSN just because my dream
is to be a NICU nurse or even Nurse-Midwife. But even
if I didn't want to go that far, I'd still go for the BSN
because having people tell you that you need a BSN for a possibly
position is discouraging knowing you work hard for the ADN
and just want to be a good old fashion Nurse at it's simplicity.