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Why You Should Choose a BSN

Why You Should Choose a BSN

Monster Contributing Writer Lisette Hilton

Advancement, Earning Power

Academic institutions such as Hopkins hire nurses prepared at the associate’s level, but reward nurses throughout their careers for completing more education.

At Hopkins, both two-year and four-year graduates new to the profession would start in the same job, doing the same kind of work, says Karen Haller, PhD, RN, the hospital’s vice president for nursing and patient-care services. However, to advance to the fourth and fifth of five nursing levels before going into management, Hopkins nurses must have a BSN, she says.

“For every jump on that ladder, there are increases in title and compensation,” she says. “So the baccalaureate has a brighter future in terms of earning power.”

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