Recently, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) announced new data, which showed that graduates of entry-level baccalaureate (BSN) and master’s of nursing degree programs were much more likely to receive job offers at the time of graduation than graduates from other fields. In a national survey of deans and directors of U.S. nursing schools, 65 percent of BSN graduates had job offers at the time of graduation and after four to six months this number increased to 89 percent. Professions across other industries are not experiencing this rate of employment after graduation: on average, only 24.4 percent had job offers during the same time period.
In an economy that has experienced significant job losses in numerous industries, health care has been able to expand and create new positions. In a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 239,300 jobs by health care employers have been created in the past year.
A bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) has become essential for career advancement in nursing and can qualify nurses to move up the clinical and professional ladder. In recent years, the BSN graduate has become the nurse preferred to practice in all health care settings and sought by many employers who use the words “BSN preferred” more frequently in classified ads for registered nurses nationwide.
Linfield College’s Adult Degree Program offers a RN to BSN degree completion program for registered nurses, available in an online format, which provides flexibility for students needing to balance work, family and other commitments. Linfield not only helps their students earn their BSN degree and advance their careers; the program also helps nurses improve the quality of patient care and contribute to the well-being of their communities.