Why Earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree?

If you’re considering a nursing career, there are several education paths you can take to enter the profession. Just know that not all of these paths are created equal. Your best bet is to begin your nursing career with a BSN degree.

For starters, health care employers prefer to hire nursing school graduates who hold a BSN or higher. Also, many hospitals now require their associate degree nurses to go back to school and earn a BSN within a certain timeframe.

Why? Thanks to a growing body of evidence, employers better understand the value of having more educated nurses on staff. Several studies have shown that the more BSN-prepared nurses a health care facility employs, the better the patient outcomes.

Better Starting Salary

Registered nurses who enter the workforce with a BSN have greater earning power than those starting with an associate degree in nursing. According to a nationwide comparison via PayScale.com, a registered nurse with an ADN earns a median salary of $68,000, whereas a registered nurse with a BSN earns a median salary of $82,000.

Better Job Opportunities

When you’re a registered nurse, the more education you have, the more opportunities you have for career advancement. With a BSN, you can practice in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings as well as pursue certification in any number of specialty areas.

A BSN also gives you the foundation to pursue a more advanced degree in the future, which can open the door to some of the highest-paying jobs in nursing, such as nurse anesthetist, nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist.

Contact us to learn more about the value of a nursing BSN degree from Grand Canyon University.

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