Nursing Career News

A study done by the U.S. Bureau of Health Professions indicates that by 2020, the U.S. nursing shortage will grow to more than 800,000 registered nurses. How can we put a serious dent in stemming this dangerous tide unless nurses take an active role in seeking possible solutions to the problem? This blog will attempt to openly discuss and address major issues confronting the nursing profession, health care issues, and nursing education.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Why Get a BSN Degree?

The demand for qualified RNs continues to rise. Along with increased demand, today's nurses are required to have more than just training in skill-related tasks. The healthcare industry is constantly changing - new technology, a diverse patient population, and increased bureaucracy require a nurse with management, communication, and critical thinking skills. A bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program prepares you to handle the challenges in a complex medical industry.

In addition, a BSN gives you an edge over the competition. Your work experience coupled with an advanced degree helps you stand out to employers who make hiring and advancement decisions. The time and effort spent earning your degree will payoff in a higher salary and more job opportunities.

Returning to school to obtain a BSN can be difficult and sometimes impossible, especially if you cannot afford to quit work or survive on part-time wages. Fortunately, there is a viable option - online nursing degree programs (distance learning) that allow you to earn a BSN at home via your computer.

Easy Access to Quality Programs

As a working RN, you will appreciate the convenience of studying online to obtain a BSN. You can study at home or anywhere you have computer/internet access. Studying online also eliminates travel time to and from the nearest school offering a BSN degree. This can be a lifesaver for nurses working in rural areas.

Several universities offer online BSN degrees so you have a good selection of quality schools from which to choose a program that meets your needs. Our website at offers a list with links to accredited schools that offer online study for the BSN degree along with information on choosing right program.

Have Computer, Will Study

For online study, instructors posts lecture materials and assignments on a designated website and the student emails completed assignments to the instructor. While some online programs are self-paced, most run on the same semester or quarter class schedule as do traditional classes held on campus. Classes normally take 6-8 weeks to complete.

Written coursework often takes the place of traditional exams. Exams that are not offered online may be proctored at several convenient locations. The university can arrange for any clinical study to be performed at a medical facility near you.

Help is Always a Click Away

Obtaining a nursing degree online means you don't have face-to-face interaction with professors and fellow students. However, you are able to communicate via email and online discussion forums. Upon acceptance into an online BSN program, you will be assigned an academic advisor to help plan your curriculum. One benefit of online programs is that instructors' lectures are in written form which eliminates the need for note taking.

How to Apply

Online nursing programs have the same entrance requirements as traditional BSN programs. SAT or ACT, minimum GPA, high school credits in requisite courses, and graduation from an accredited nursing school are the basic requirements for those seeking to enroll in a BSN degree program. Many schools will give college credit for past work experience by allowing you to take a proficiency exam in lieu of course-work. Check our website for links to specific schools to find out their entrance requirements.

Costly, But Worth It

The cost of an online BSN degree varies among schools. The average price per credit ranges from $100 to $300 or more. Online programs through public universities may charge less ($100-$170) per credit hour. If you work for a hospital or corporation, your employer may offer full or partial reimbursement for tuition. Our website has information about nursing scholarships available through universities and other programs.

A BSN degree takes time, energy, and money, but the benefits of having one are huge. A nurse with an advanced degree is a more well-rounded employee capable of meeting the challenges of a demanding workplace, gaining more marketability, and increasing his/her advancement opportunities.

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