Benefits of a BSN Degree

Why is it advantageous to earn a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree through a program such as the Accelerated 2nd Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program at Notre Dame of Maryland University, over other nursing degree options? Nursing is one of the most in-demand professions in the United States and is projected to be for much of the next decade, due to the aging population and growing complexities of patient care, among other reasons.

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As a result, more and more health care employers no longer think of a BSN as a “nice-to-have” credential for nursing candidates they’re considering — many are making a bachelor’s degree in nursing a job requirement for entry-level registered nurse positions.

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Stand Out to Employers

What’s the one reason health care employers prefer to hire BSN-educated nurses? A growing body of research shows an undeniable correlation between more nurses with bachelor’s degrees on staff and improved patient outcomes. That’s because unlike associate’s or diploma-based nursing programs, BSN programs like the one Notre Dame of Maryland University offers place a stronger emphasis on communication, critical thinking, and leadership skills. With a BSN, you’ll be set apart from the competition with higher marketability.

Higher Earning Potential

A BSN also empowers you to make a higher salary. Because you’ll have more education than your counterparts that hold an associate degree, you may be compensated higher.

Better Patient Outcomes

Providing safe, effective care is a cornerstone of your ABSN education. Many studies, including this oft-cited report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, also find the more BSN-prepared nurses hospitals have on staff, the lower its patient mortality rates and health care costs and the shorter its average patient stays.

More Opportunities

Having a BSN opens the doors for many career advancement opportunities both inside and outside the hospital setting should you choose to pursue an advanced degree. A BSN is a prerequisite for pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing and other advanced practice nursing (APN) certificates, which set you up for such high-paying and rewarding career paths as:

  • Nurse anesthetist
  • Nurse educator
  • Nurse midwife
  • Nurse practitioner
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