Benefits of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree

While many educational paths lead to the in-demand nursing profession, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree opens the greatest number of doors. That’s because coursework covered in a BSN program goes beyond the fundamental nursing curriculum taught in associate’s degree programs.

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The Averett University ABSN curriculum, for example, includes components of research, management and community health — all vital knowledge for nurses to possess as the health care landscape continues to become more and more complex.

With a BSN, you can expect greater demand for your skills, more career autonomy and better opportunities for advancement.

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Demand for your skills

The demand for more BSN-educated nurses stems from a recent push to elevate the overall educational level of the nursing profession, backed by a growing body of evidence that links a better-educated nursing workforce to better patient outcomes.

For that reason, more and more health care employers now require nursing job candidates to hold a BSN. That’s especially true of institutions seeking Magnet status — what many in the industry consider the “gold standard” for nursing excellence. 

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Career Autonomy

With a BSN, you’ll be qualified to take on more job responsibilities than your nursing peers without this credential, such as:

  • Complex decision-making
  • Coordinating patient care plans
  • Educating patients, their caregivers and communities
  • Supervising other nurses

Opportunities For Advancement

BSN-educated nurses have more opportunities to work outside a traditional health care setting than their professional peers without a baccalaureate-level nursing education. In fact, a bachelor’s degree in nursing is an essential first step toward pursuing lucrative advanced practice nursing (APN) roles that require a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or post-MSN certification, such as:

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

Our goal at Averett University is to make a baccalaureate-level nursing education as accessible as possible to qualified students eager to enter the health care field as practice-ready nurses.

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For More Information

Contact us to learn more about the benefits of a BSN degree in relation to your success in the nursing profession.