BSN Nursing Careers
A Madison School of Healthcare Program
When you earn your BSN degree you expand your career opportunities and earning potential. Often an ADN and a BSN will receive the same salary for the same nursing position, but as the BSNs move through the ranks to higher positions, their salaries tend to increase. For example, a promotion to a management position of head nurse with a BSN has a higher salary than being the floor nurse with an RN.
Management-level nursing requires an advanced degree, such as a BSN. Careers include head nurse, nursing director, vice president, or chief of nursing. Other career opportunities include research, consulting, and teaching in colleges or universities.
The demand for highly educated nurses is growing. According to the American Association of College of Nursing (AACN), close to 79% of nurse employers strongly prefer BSN graduates.*
- 80%BY YEAR
- The Institute of Medicine calls for the proportion of nurses with bachelor’s degrees to increase from 50% to 80% by 2020.**
New Standard for Nurses
A BSN is the preferred degree for those institutions that have or are seeking magnet status. Many health care organizations have a BSN-preferred or BSN-required policy for advancement into supervisory and non-clinical positions. A BSN is preferred or required for most research positions, and virtually all public health positions in the U.S. The military requires active duty health care officers to possess a BSN.
A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.
*Employment of New Nurse Graduates and Employer Preferences for Baccalaureate-Prepared Nurses, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, retrieved from aacn.nche.edu. **Institute of Medicine. (2010). The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Washington, DC: National Academies Press. Johnson, J. (1988).