Are you prepared for the future of nursing?
Here’s a fact that may not be so easy to swallow – Due to the continuing evolution of the healthcare industry, nearly 80% of all nurses will be expected to hold a Bachelor’s degree by 2020. Believe it or not, that’s just five years away! In 2010, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released, “The Future of Nursing,” the culmination of its two-year, cooperative study of nursing and healthcare with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The study was commissioned as part of a fundamental national healthcare reform, but also because health leaders recognized that the challenges faced by nurses today are very different than those faced in the past.
It is safe to say that over the past decade, leaders in both policy and in practice have taken note that education makes a difference. So what does that mean for a new nurse in the field, or an experienced RN who might not see the benefit of going back to school at this stage? We can all agree that nurses are already stretched on time as it is.
While there are a growing number of hospitals that are beginning to require a BSN, something also worth noting is that an advanced degree offers broader professional opportunity, as a BSN is often the preferred degree for nursing management positions within hospitals and medical practices. BSN-prepared nurses can also work in some of the highest paying nursing specialties; nurse research, pediatric endocrinology, orthopedic nursing or neonatal nursing, to name a few. At the end of the day, a Bachelor’s degree can open a lot of doors and create more financial freedom, plain and simple.
We are hoping to help fulfill this growing need for BSN degrees in the healthcare industry, and offer several paths, based on a student’s current education level and licensure status. Galen’s Online RN to BSN is designed for real life, and lets you earn as you learn – meaning you don’t have to put life or your career on hold to pursue your degree. You can complete the program in as little as 16-months, or more if you need it, all while continuing to work in the field as an RN. Some employers also offer tuition-assistance or reimbursement programs which can ease the financial strain that we all know is associated with advancing your education.
Life can get complicated, but earning your BSN doesn’t have to be follow suit. At Galen, our goal is to help you achieve your goal in the way that makes the most sense for where you are in your career. If this is something you’ve been thinking about, there’s no better time than a bright and shiny new year to begin a career-changing endeavor.
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