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A Growing Number of Nurses are Getting Their BSN

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Both nurses and employers are liking the idea of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing more and more. While many people used to become registered nurses after earning their associate degree or in-hospital diploma, the number of BSN holders who are taking the National Council Licensure Examination to become RNs is steadily increasing, Health Affairs explained.

The medical news source used NCLEX data to examine the qualifications of first-time test takers and exam trends. Health Affairs reported that BSN graduates are growing in number and popularity and that the health care system prefers these students because of their diverse skill sets.

In 2001, 60 percent of those who took the RN exam had associate degrees while only 36 percent had BSNs. Today, those numbers have shifted substantially. The number of people passing the exam with associate degrees dropped to 53 percent, while the amount with BSNs rose from 10 percent to 45 percent.

In addition to the shift in test passers, more people are enrolling in BSN programs, Health Affairs reported. This is emerging as the superior pathway, especially since major health care reforms put an added focus on multidisciplinary skills.

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Working past a BSN
If you’re considering earning your BSN or you’re already an RN, you may want to consider continuing your education. Working to earn your Master of Science in Nursing degree can carry a number of benefits for any RN.

Earning your MSN can open up a number of career pathways that aren’t available for someone with their associate or BSN. You can be a nurse practitioner, anesthetist, a specialist in a field that interested you or many other high-level positions.

Nurses with MSNs have potential to earn higher salaries than those with BSNs and hold more significant influence at their institutions. MSNs are a great option for people who earned a BSN and want to continue learning. An MSN can put you on the pathway to your dream career.

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