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RN to BSN degrees are more than just a passing trend

  • Healthcare Alvernia

While 711,900 new nursing jobs are expected between 2010 and 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there’s been a decline in the number of job opportunities for nurses with lower-level credentials, making it more difficult for those fresh out of college to find work.

Enrollment in RN to BSN programs is almost 90,000, up from fewer than 30,000 a decade ago, according to The New York Times.

“The nursing profession in general has trended toward a high level of academic achievement,” explains Ann Sukalac, Linfield College Instructor and Advisor, in an article on Oregon Live.

According to U.S. News, roughly 50% of RNs have bachelor’s degrees, while 36.1% have associate’s degrees, according to data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

A part of the reason for this increase in RN to BSN enrollment is the importance health care providers put on quality care.

“At the end of the day for us, it all comes down to patient outcomes,” Jackie Somerville, PhD, RN, the chief nursing officer and senior vice president of Patient Care Services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston told The American Nurse.

In addition, as more hospitals seek Magnet status, the demand for more RN to BSN grads is expected to continue. To that end, the Institute of Medicine’s “The Future of Nursing” report calls for the number of nurses who hold BSNs to increase to 80 percent by 2020.

“To meet this goal, which will help meet the needs of our growing population and more complex health care environment, there has been a trend among hospitals to require nurses to complete a BSN degree or higher,” said Betsy Snook, a registered nurse and the CEO of the Pennsylvania State Nursing Association.

Enrolling in RN to BSN in Reading, Pottsville, Pottstown and Philadelphia gives today’s nursing professionals a competitive advantage. Alvernia nursing classes are delivered in a semester long or 8-week class format, scheduled throughout the year in a blended online/face-to-face format — one day per week of on-site instruction.

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