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The benefits of enrolling in an RN to BSN program go beyond salary

  • Healthcare Alvernia

Generally speaking, the starting rate is the same for an ADN or a BSN prepared nurse, but because many advanced positions require a BSN, the BSN prepared nurse has the potential to earn more money. Though, the advantages of holding a BSN go far beyond dollars and cents.

Enrolling in Alvernia’s RN to BSN program enhances your career capabilities and gives you a competitive advantage and a wider range of career paths.

As a result of the additional classroom and clinical training, a BSN offers students experience in leadership, critical thinking and administration skills, which open the door to earning advanced degrees and specialized certifications.

Competitive Advantages

In a competitive employment market, nurses that hold a BSN degree have advantages over candidates with an Associates degree- an advantage that could make the difference between landing that sought-after position or being passed over for a better qualified applicant, according to Cal State Monterey Bay (CSUMB).

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and reported by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, found that surgical patients treated by a greater percentage of nurses holding Bachelor’s Degrees had a “substantial survival advantage” over those patients who did not have nurses with a BSN. It was also reported that there has been a 10 percent increase in nurses with BSN degrees and this increase in BSN-prepared RNs has decreased the risk of patient death by approximately five percent.

Career Paths

A BSN degree becomes especially necessary if you ever decide you want to pursue an administrative or teaching position, which for many in the nursing field becomes a way of extending their careers past the age where the physical demands of direct patient care become uncomfortable and could present a hazard, says CSUMB.

Nurses who graduate with a BSN degree are prepared to work in healthcare settings like hospitals, private care providers and nursing homes and can also enter specialties like being a midwife, a nurse practitioner and nurse anesthetist.

Nursing classes from Alvernia University 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. The RN to BSN courses are offered at four convenient locations — Main Campus (Reading), Montgomery County Community College in Pottstown, Philadelphia and Pottsville Centers.

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