There are many advantages to earning a BSN, like improving patient care, increasing salary and better job prospects. So, should you go from RN to BSN?

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Should I Go from RN to BSN?

Nursing is one of the largest professions in the U.S.; there are almost 3 million registered nurses employed in the U.S. today (1)

The profession is seeing high job growth, with a 15% increase in employment projected from 2016 to 2026

  • More than double the projected job growth for all occupations during that time period (7%)
  • 438,000 new positions are expected to be created by 2026(2)

Working RNs are busy, and the thought of going back to school may seem out of the question. But there are a number of advantages to earning a BSN, like improving patient care, increasing salary and better job prospects. So, should you go from RN to BSN? Let’s find out!

I’m considering a BSN.

Are you happy in your current position and your current organization?

No, I could be happier elsewhere.

I like my organization, but I would like more challenging work.

Yes, I love my job.

Do you want to earn more money?


BSN nurses earn 16% more than nurses with an associate degree

Average salary for BSN degree: $78,000 (3)

Average salary for ADN degree: $67,000 (4)

No, I’m fine with what I make.

Do you want to move on from clinical care to administration or teaching?


Academic and administrative nursing jobs such as professorships or nurse administrators generally require a graduate degree, and a BSN is required for admittance into most graduate nursing programs (5)

No, I like working on the floor in clinical care.

Are you interested in developing leadership, communication and health education skills?


Associate degrees teach clinical care, but BSN degrees teach leadership, health promotion, management, community health and more (6)

No, I have the skills I want right now.

Do you want to better serve your patients?


Studies have shown that increasing the proportion of nurses with BSN degrees by 10%:

– Decreased patient mortality and failures to rescue by 5% (7)

– Is associated with 9 fewer mortalities per every 1,000 discharged patients (8)

– Is associated with an average reduction of 2.12 deaths for every 1,000 patients(8)

Increasing the number of BSN nurses working with patients experiencing complications is associated with an average reduction of 7.47 deaths per 1,000 patients (9)

Hospitals that staff more numbers of nurses with BSNs or higher degrees reported lower instances of patients with congestive heart failure mortality, bedsores, postoperative deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, and they also reported shorter lengths of stay for patients (10)

No, I think I serve my patients well already.

Do you want to make yourself more marketable for future opportunities?


Leading professional medical organizations are pressing for the BSN to be the minimum degree for nursing

In 2010, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree be increased to 80% by 2020 (11)

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is currently working on a position paper stating that a BSN be the entry-level preparation for professional nurses (12)

No, I feel like I’m a good candidate for many jobs out there.

Do you want to move to another specialty?


With a BSN, will you can specialize in pediatrics, gynecology, surgery, oncology, diabetes, psychiatry and more!

No, I like what I’m doing.

Get your BSN at Southeastern University and take the next step in your nursing career toward more rewarding work, higher pay and more opportunities.