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The Goldmark Report in 1923 was the earliest to suggest that the entry level of education for licensed practice as a registered nurse ought to be a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN), and heated argument has raged between nurses over the subject constantly since.

Diploma and Associate Degree RN’s will plainly tell you that they can run rings around BSN curriculum graduates when it comes to patient treatment. They’ll explain that they have more authentic clinical experience and patient care know how in their little finger than a recent BSN grad, and 99% of the time they’re correct about that! I’ll be the first to admit that if I get gravely ill I’m hoping that my nurse graduated from a diploma curriculum like the one they used to offer at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Those nurses had so much training and hands on care experience by the time they graduated that not many physicians could hold a candle to them on their finest day.

This isn’t in relation to whether BSN nurses are better than ADN or Diploma nurses

Up until a few years ago I would have been just as emotional as the next nurse in disagreeing contrary to the very thought of making the BSN degree the lowest educational level to practice as a professional nurse. The arguments were many and seemed to make sense – no difference in compensation for a BSN versus an ADN or Diploma nurse, we all perform the same job etc….

But The Times, They Are a Changing…. And so has my point of view

“Rapidly expanding clinical expertise and mounting complexities in health care mandate that professional nurses possess educational training corresponding with the diversified responsibilities required of them. As health care shifts from hospital-centered, inpatient care to more primary and preventive care throughout the community, the health system requires registered nurses who not only can practice across multiple settings – both within and beyond hospitals – but can function with more independence in clinical decision making, case management, provision of direct bedside care, supervision of unlicensed aides and other support personnel, guiding patients through the maze of health care resources, and educating patients on treatment regimens and adoption of healthy lifestyles. In particular, training of the entry-level professional nurse requires a greater orientation to community-based primary health care, and an emphasis on health promotion, maintenance, and cost-effective coordinated care.” (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Position Statement, Dec. 2000)

Nursing is a dynamic profession and constant learning is essential for nurses to stay current with the increased complexity of the healthcare needs of today and into the future. In other words, the needs of our patients are changing, as we must adjust in order to be prepared to better carry out that need.

BSN degree nurses are better prepared to meet patient needs

The major difference in study between an ADN and BSN is the stress on supplementary education in leadership and management, wellness, and community nursing. BSN prepared nurses possess greater expertise of health promotion, disease prevention, and risk reduction as well as illness and disease management and are prepared to assist individuals, groups, and communities to prevent disease and reach optimum levels of wellness. As nurses develop their role and move further into providing more community based primary care delivery the need for BSN prepared nurses is evident.

Having a BSN degree means more career opportunities

The health system’s increasing demand for front-line primary care, and the accelerating drive in the direction of managed care, prevention, and cost-efficiency, are driving the nation’s need for nurses who are prepared to practice in non-structured setting and interrelate directly with the public in matters of providing health and prevention services to the community, and that requires a BSN prepared nurse for starters.

Am I saying that every RN ought to become a BSN?

No, of course not! That’s an unique option every one of you needs to make for yourselves. Don’t do it for money. In many cases there’s no benefit in compensation for having a BSN versus an ADN or Diploma- at least at the outset. The truth however is that increased education leads to increased responsibilities and increased career opportunities which give rise in turn to increased pay.

BSN nurses will have more career choices than ADN and Diploma nurses. Diploma nursing programs and all but vanished anymore and I expect the ADN programs will vanish sometime in the future as well, but those of you who are already licensed will continue to be able to practice as an RN. You might find your job opportunities becoming narrower in the approaching future however. North Dakota has obligated all new nurse hires to possess a BSN degree since 1987. The New York State Board has similar legislation pending. The Dept. Of Veteran’s Affairs began requiring all recent hires to possess at least a BSN degree in 2005. Who knows what’s coming next?

Having a BSN degree allows more opportunity for employment, increased responsibility, and career movement. It opens the gate for professional certification in specialty areas of nursing practice and leads to an expanded role as a provider, designer, manager, and coordinator of patient care as well as provides the foundation for graduate education.

Today’s working RN’s can attain a BSN degree without sacrificing their existing job or salary by going through an accredited online program. Programs are offered that offer NLN accredited LPN to RN/BSN degrees, RN to BSN degrees, RN/ BSN to Master’s degrees, and even PhD in Nursing. Your employer’s education benefits often cover the expense of advancing your degree and tuition assistance is to be had for individuals who need extra help.

Nurses wishing to explore existing online nursing degree choices can find out more by visiting Medi-Smart.Com’s online nursing school directory at http://medi-smart.Com/schools.Htm. Medi-Smart is a nursing resource and education site for nurses by an knowledgeable nurse and you can network with fellow nurses as well as student nurses in the nursing chat forums while you’re there.

Healthcare providing is changing. Nurses need to adjust along with it to fulfill the requirements of the job.

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