A range of medical establishments, such as government facilities, hospitals, and military organizations, recognize the importance of hiring BSN graduates for their skills and breadth of knowledge in the field. Magnet hospitals, for example, require all nurse managers and leaders to have at least a BSN. The National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP) has created a countrywide call for two-thirds of all nurses to hold a bachelor’s degree or higher.
BSN graduates not only are better prepared for entering nursing careers, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), but also yield better patient outcomes, diagnoses, and lower mortality rates. As the healthcare field continues to evolve to accommodate an aging population of baby boomers and new technologies, medical facilities will need BSN-educated graduates to navigate these changes and lead groundbreaking initiatives in improving patient care.
In 2010, the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) called for 80% of RNs to have BSNs by 2020. As of 2019, the Center to Champion Nursing in America’s Campaign for Action initiative found that number was just 56%. However, in the wake of the state of New York’s 2018 law requiring all RNs to earn a BSN within 10 years of licensing and other states expected to follow suit, more organizations (especially hospitals) are requiring their nurses to have bachelor’s degrees.