This paper explores my reasons for obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. I believe the BSN should be the minimum requirement for the professional nurse. The BSN is the gateway to advancing the nursing career, but is also prepares one for the newest opportunities in nursing outside of the hospital.
Obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing.
Currently , there are three types of Registered nurses: the diploma nurse, the associate’s degree nurse and the Bachelor's Degree nurse. The diploma nurse attends a hospital based program which varies from 18-24 months. The Associate's degree nurse attends either a community college or university and is about three years. The Bachelor's Degree is a four year program at a university. There have been copious debates about the minimum required education of being a professional nurse. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), American Nurses Association (ANA) and other leading nursing organizations recognize the BSN degree as the minimum educational requirement for professional nursing practice (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2013). With the health reform, the healthcare system is using more evidence based, cost effective goals. To ensure the goals are met, health care professions should be educated and have advanced skills. Having a nurse with a BSN shows that this nurse has education, some advance skills, and is able to be further educated. However, there are still diploma and Associate Degree nurses practicing. They should be encouraged to continue their education to help fulfill the nursing gap between new nurses entering and seasoned nurses retiring. I agree that a BSN should be the minimum requirement for professional nursing. As we look at the word professional. “Professional means following an occupation as means of livelihood or for gain” (Professional |...