Why attain a BSN degree?
The healthcare environment and needs of patients, families and communities are rapidly changing, which requires the need for highly-educated nurses.
According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report, The Future of Nursing: Focus on Education:
As patient needs and care environments have become more complex, nurses need to attain requisite competencies to deliver high-quality care. These competencies include leadership, health policy, system improvement, research and evidence-based practice, and teamwork and collaboration, as well as competency in specific content areas such as community and public health and geriatrics. Nurses also are being called upon to fill expanding roles and to master technological tools and information management systems while collaborating and coordinating care across teams of health professionals (IOM, 2011).
The IOM Recommendation 4: Increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020, supports attainment of the BSN degree early in a nurse’s career. Beginning practice as a BSN prepared nurse will better prepare you for the healthcare environment and offer a wide expanse of employment opportunities upon licensure. Many healthcare systems in Minnesota prefer, and in some cases mandate, baccalaureate preparation for employment of new graduate nurses.
Institute of Medicine. (2011). The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health. Retrieved from http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=12956&page=R1
MANE is not an RN to BSN completion program. If you are already licensed as a registered nurse, you should be applying to the Metropolitan State University RN to BSN completion program. MANE is a program that prepares the graduate for NCLEX-RN® and initial licensure as a registered nurse.