3 Benefits of a BSN degree you won’t find as an RN
With a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Gwynedd Mercy University, you can gain unique advantages not available to a registered nurse. Let’s look at a few of the biggest benefits from the accelerated BSN track:
1. New career opportunities
As a BSN holder, you are qualified for a much wider set of jobs than the typical RN. A BSN is particularly beneficial for obtaining a nursing management position, for which at least a bachelor’s degree is widely expected as well as encouraged by the American Nurses Association (ANA). Also, many hospitals and clinics have significant incentives to hire only nurses with BSNs, since doing so helps them meet the requirements of the Magnet Recognition Program overseen by the ANA.
“As a BSN holder, you are qualified for a wider set of jobs than the typical RN.”
2. Advanced skills development
BSN students get valuable exposure to courses in natural and behavioral sciences and the humanities, in addition to their training in current nursing practices. This combination gives nurses the added knowledge to make well-informed decisions that conform with medical, ethical and legal principles relevant in the field. Nurses also acquire skills for collaborating in a variety of health care settings (e.g., outpatient, public, mental and critical care environments).
3. A stepping-stone to more education
A BSN is also a baseline requirement for an advanced nursing degree, such as a Master of Science in Nursing, which you can also earn as a student at Gwynedd Mercy University. The MSN is a must-have credential for jobs like a nurse practitioner, which offers a median six-figure compensation and much faster than average growth in positions (a 31 percent increase from 2014-2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) compared to all professions. With a BSN, you also have the minimum background you need to enroll in a certified nurse-midwifery education program and eventually become a midwife.
You can complete the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing track at Gwynedd Mercy in less than two years while acquiring the background, support and qualifications needed for a successful career in nursing today. Learn more about your options on the main program page today.