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Why You Should Choose a BSN

Why You Should Choose a BSN

Monster Contributing Writer Lisette Hilton

Whether you have a diploma, an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN), landing a nursing job these days usually isn’t a problem. Advancing in the profession, though, is another matter if you hold less than a BSN, according to experts.

But is the BSN always a necessity? Is an associate’s degree alone enough to open the door to a rewarding nursing career?

The bottom line is that choosing a nursing degree depends on the individual’s needs and goals, says Donita Qualey, RN, MN, president of the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing and professor of nursing at Delgado Community College in New Orleans.

“If the career goals are always to work at the bedside, then the associate’s degree is perfectly fine,” Qualey says. “But if you’re younger and want to teach or go higher in management, then you would go on for your advanced degree.”

Four Reasons to Get Your BSN:

          #1 Lower Nursing Degrees Under Scrutiny

         #2 Considerations for Second-Career Nurses

         
#3 Degree as a Stepping-Stone

         
#4 Advancement, Earning Power


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