Why You Should Choose a BSN
Monster Contributing Writer Lisette Hilton
Lower Nursing Degrees Under Scrutiny
Even though nurses’ most common initial preparation is an associate’s degree, nursing organizations are pushing for nurses to earn higher degrees.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) says having nurses prepared at the BSN level translates into better patient care. An AACN fact sheet cites studies and data showing lower mortality rates, fewer medication errors and more positive outcomes when nurses are prepared at the baccalaureate and graduate levels than at the associate’s and diploma levels.
State boards of nursing are behind the drive to eliminate lesser degrees in nursing as well. A proposal by the New York State Board of Nursing requiring all ADN nurses to get their BSNs within 10 years died in the legislature. But other states, such as New Jersey, are considering similar proposals, Qualey says.