Rn to Bsn

RN- BSN: Wow! What a Job
Tammy Ringer
Professor Sharon Cole-Wainwright
Transition into Professional Nursing
March 20, 2011

RN-BSN: Wow! What a Job
There has been an increase in the number of people enrolling into nursing programs in the last few years. Most are enrolling in the Associate Nursing Program because the program is shorter and they can enter the job market quickly. “Nursing continues to offer three pathways to achieve licensure: the diploma, the associate degree, and the baccalaureate degree” (Spencer, 2008, p.307). The professional nursing organizations have voiced strong support for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) indicating that more education is preferred. The American Organization of Nurse Executives recommends the BSN as an entry level degree. This educational preparation will prepare the nurse for future functions (Spencer, 2008).
Of the three ways to obtain a nursing degree, the diploma program is almost extinct. Now nurses have the BSN and Associate degree. From the study, it is perceived that the nurses’ with a BSN are more professional, therefore; more companies are requiring nurses to have a least a BSN degree before applying for a position. “Overall, the BSN enhances nurses’ concepts of the profession and provides a wider range of experiences, allowing them to better adapt to an ever- changing healthcare environment” (Spencer, 2008, p.308). “The baccalaureate curriculum that addresses leadership content focuses on management styles, communication, implementing change, and understanding nursing administration and collaboration” (Spencer, 2008).
After another study was done that interviewed nurses to see those that wanted to return to receive a higher degree, and the course work necessary to obtain the degree. Articulation agreements defined three areas mandated, statewide and individual as collaborative efforts among nurse educators, regulators, and legislators to develop models (Spencer, 2008)....