I've been an RN for 25 years. I've worked for the same company for 20 years. I'm not looking into career advancement. I'm just concerned because most nurses now have their BSN in nursing. I only have an associate degree. Should I be concerned and go back to school? I have about 10 more years until I retire. Thank you for any advice!!
If you are happy in your job and feel that it is secure, don't worry about it. If your employer decides to require a BSN, they will give you ample time to complete a bridge program. However, if you think you might have to look for a job within the next 10 years, it's a good idea to get a BSN, as it will make finding a new job easier. There are a lot of RN to BSN programs.
In today's work environment a BSN is pretty much the bottom line requirement for nsg employment. And in as much as you've been a long term employee there is NO GUARANTEE that you will continue on there to retire. While you may be planning to stay on until the end, there's NO GUARANTEE that your employer will absolutely keep you on. Anything can occur - to you or your employer. And you may choose to continue working on beyond traditional retirement time.
That piece of paper can open some doors that may otherwise be closed to you. Do your research to find a program that meets your time and financial wants. It's your hedge for your future.
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