continuing nursing educationMany people today find it hard to find the time or money to pursue further nursing education, especially when they are immersed in a full-time job. But despite the extra effort required, there are many advantages in going back to school and getting higher degrees such as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or even Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN).

The following 5 advantages could make your decision return to school easier:

  1. Earn more knowledge.

    This may be one of the most useful tools a nurse can possess to improve the lives of their patients on a day-to-day basis. Medical advancements and new infectious illnesses are constantly being discovered, as well as updated techniques for treatment and new medications. Therefore, it is important to stay abreast of current research to make sure patients are given the most up-to-date treatment.

  2. Broader nursing career opportunities.

    For example, a nurse that has obtained a MSN degree can easily move from a hospital job into a research job. Gaining a degree can also mean opportunities to move into a specialty career such as oncology, pediatrics, or becoming a nurse practitioner with a family practice.

  3. Future licensing laws may require bachelor’s degrees.

    Some states require that Registered Nurses (RNs) renew their nursing licenses to stay certified. Renewal of certification may mean completing continuing education classes. Some nurses will even work toward a degree while earning their recertification at the same time.

  4. Transitioning from an RN license to a BSN or MSN degree is becoming easier.

    There are many online nursing schools that are accredited. They offer courses structured for those who are holding down a full time job and looking to complete a degree that fits into their already busy lifestyle.

    Since there are many different schools and online nursing programs to choose from, nurses should take their time in choosing which program is the right one for them. For example, it should include a way to help keep students in contact with their professors by using web cams, instant messengers, and online message boards.

  5. Employers and hospitals are increasingly looking to hire a nurse who has a BSN.

    Nurses with degrees often have an in-depth knowledge of the profession. Nurses with degrees are very often promoted to supervisory positions and awarded higher pay. While earning a BSN, nurses gain decision-making and critical care skills. This makes them eligible for positions such as head or staff nurse, department chief, or administrative manager.

There can be many advantages for a nurse to enter an RN to BSN degree program. In addition to earning higher wages and qualifying for supervisory positions, continuing your education and attaining an advanced nursing degree can help bring a higher level of care to patients and the workplace.