What is a BSN?
There are a range of degrees to choose from. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing or BSN is one option. This undergraduate degree is for students who are seeking to become a registered nurse (RN) or those who have an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and want to continue their education.
While you can certainly work as an RN with an ADN, a 2015 study in the Global Qualitative Nursing Research Journal notes that those with a BSN may have more opportunities open to them because of the diverse set of skills that they have acquired through their program. BSN nurses may be given more responsibilities in the workplace and can pursue direct-care and managerial roles in specialty fields.
In fact, in 2011, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended that 80% of RNs earn bachelor’s degrees or higher by 2020 [PDF, 1.1 MB]. This was one of eight IOM recommendations for meeting healthcare needs in this era of health reform.