We recently wrote about the industry push for nurses to be educated at the BSN level, and provided some thoughts about interpreting the factors behind the push. But aside from the many voices calling for nurses to go back to school, what’s in it for you? Why should you go back to school at this point in your career?
Many RNs who return to school to fulfill an employer’s requirement do not believe, at first, that their new BSN degree will change the way they practice nursing. Yet several studies show that these nurses quickly found that education had unexpected benefits. The National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) recapped these studies in an article online:
- RNs reported transformative experiences when returning for their baccalaureate degree in nursing, which included raising their potentials, changing their perspectives about nursing practice, and being able to finally “see the big picture” (Delaney & Piscopo, 2004 & 2007; Hillsmith, 1978; Lillibridge & Fox, 2005; Rather, 1992; Rush, Waldrop, Mitchell, & Dyches, 2005).
- RNs reported noticing subtle changes in their perceptions which included changes in thinking, reasoning and questioning skills (Delaney & Piscopo, 2007; Leonard, 2003).
- Although RNs felt they returned to school as skilled, knowledgeable and professional practitioners, they reported growing beyond their expectations in areas of knowledge and professionalism, which they felt led them to become more effective change agents and patient advocates (Delaney & Piscopo, 2007; Leonard, 2003; Lillibridge & Fox, 2005; Rush, Waldrop, Mitchell, & Dyches, 2005; Zuzelo, 2001).
- Nurses also reported that they changed the way they practiced nursing and felt more like a nurse than ever before because of how differently they were thinking after earning a baccalaureate degree. These nurses felt returning to school for a BSN directly benefited their patients (Delaney & Piscopo, 2007).
Real-Life Examples of Nurses Who Made the Jump: Over the years, we’ve profiled many nurses who decided mid-career to enroll in an RN-to-BSN program at American Sentinel. And overwhelmingly, they’ve told us that they found the experience to be rewarding, stimulating, and truly advantageous.
Here are a few of their stories >>
Are you inspired yet? It may be time to leverage the industry push for the BSN to help you accomplish your own career and personal goals. American Sentinel invites you to download our BSN-Readiness Worksheet, to help you assess where you stand on the issue of going back to school.
You can also talk to one of American Sentinel’s friendly Admissions Engagement Managers @ 866.922.5690 or email firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out if a flexible, online RN-to-BSN program is right for you.