"I can't afford to get my BSN."
"Who has time to go back to school?"
"Ugh, I remember the stress of nursing school like it was yesterday. I don't want to have to go through that again!"
It’s not pretty, but these refrains can be heard in break rooms across the country when nurses start talking about BSN completion programs. The whole idea of going back to school can feel daunting (to put it mildly), so it’s easy to make excuses not to do it. But you could be doing yourself a disservice by putting off your BSN.
In one of our earlier blogs, we explored three reasons for nurses to get their BSNs. Today, we add to the list with three more reasons that speak to the key benefits that can come with completing your degree sooner rather than later. In other words, make things happen.
1. You’ll enjoy greater opportunities for advancement (and more money)
Even if you’re happy in your current job, you might find yourself looking at other nursing career opportunities down the line. But if you haven’t upgraded your nursing degree, you may find it hard to land a position as a nurse manager or executive. Those kinds of positions usually require a BSN, at a minimum.
By completing your BSN sooner rather than later, you open the door to greater opportunities for advancement right now. And when you move into those managerial positions, you can enjoy the higher salary that accompanies them.
2. You can enjoy peace of mind if (when) the BSN becomes a requirement for all nurses
Nursing as a profession has been moving toward a higher educational threshold for decades. The American Nurses Association first called for the baccalaureate to be the entry-level degree way back in 1964, and New York state recently passed a law that requires nurses to earn a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) within 10 years of getting their license. This precedent-setting legislation probably predicts a national BSN standard to come.
By completing your BSN now, you’ll enjoy the peace of mind of knowing it’s already done if or when your state or employer requires it in the future. Plus, you’ll probably save money because RN to BSN programs likely will never be as affordable in the future as they are today.
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3. You can take advantage of the Golden Age of online nursing education
If you still think of “nursing school” as a physical place where you have to attend classes on a schedule and face the unpleasant prospect of doing group projects, then we have good news. Today’s Golden Age of online education makes BSN completion easier and more convenient than ever.
Imagine if you could:
Complete your BSN without ever setting foot in a classroom
Study at your own pace from the comfort of your own living room (go ahead, wear pajamas)
Escape without ever having to do a group project
Take exams on your own schedule
Avoid taking on a mountain of debt to complete your degree
Some of today’s online-only BSN completion programs, such as the RN to BSN program offered at the Madison School of Healthcare, give you the flexibility to work through the semesters at your own pace. Feeling highly motivated? With transfer credits, you can complete each of your 8 semesters in as few as 6 months based on your study pace. Life and schedule more complicated? That’s fine, too. Take as much time you want or need.
If you’ve been dreading the idea of completing your BSN, do yourself a favor. Check out an online program that gives you the flexibility to work around your nursing schedule with no preset class times or due dates, not even for exams! And then reap rewards like the higher pay, better opportunities, and peace of mind that can come from earning your bachelor’s before it becomes a requirement.
Returning for your BSN is a big step. We get that. We’re here to answer all your questions about the online RN to BSN program at the Madison School of Healthcare: Talk to an admissions advisor today