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Why Magnet hospitals encourage RN to BSN programs

Many hospitals today are competing for Magnet status. Find out what career changes this means for you with an RN to BSN program.

How do Magnet hospitals affect nursing?

Magnet hospitals are recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as setting the benchmark in quality patient care. With many areas of focus demanding excellence, it can be difficult for an establishment to achieve the Magnet status. This is why it is important for hospitals to employ a top-notch staff and this includes professional nurses.

Why do I need to advance my education?

Hospitals preparing for Magnet status are required to have nurses on staff with higher education levels to achieve their goal of providing excellent care in every facet. For many nurses this requires RN to BSN programs. The transition essentially builds upon nursing skills already learned, and develops nurses to apply better critical thinking and communication skills. Many times, hospitals have programs put into place to help pay for the cost of tuition. Most of these programs are designed with working RNs in mind. Many programs allow for part-time or full-time options and often offer classes just one day per week, or in the evenings. The online options for RN to BSN programs have also expanded in recent years with many schools providing programs that allow you to complete your bachelor's studies from the convenience of your home.

How do I choose an RN to BSN program?

Choosing the right RN to BSN program can be a difficult decision as there can be countless places that offer programs. The best way to find RN to BSN programs that meet industry standards is to look at what the program has to offer, the organization’s accreditation as well as their reviews. Also, finding a program that will fit into your schedule is crucial. Asking questions such as, “Will I need to work while I’m in school?” and “Do I need time flexibility?” and “How am I going to pay for tuition?” should play a part in your program choice.

What should I expect when applying
for RN to BSN programs?

As you explore the many RN to BSN program options, you want to make sure that you have everything in order. Qualification, admission and completion requirements should be explored beforehand. Most programs require that you have an unrestricted RN license, proof of vaccinations and health assessment, a copy of transcripts from completion of an RN program, as well as academic references. A typical bachelor's nursing program will include the broad general education requirements that you may not have been required to take when you first became a registered nurse. The program will introduce you to new concepts and should offer a broader perspective on nursing that will prepare you for leadership roles.

These questions should be considered when applying for an RN to BSN program. However, the ultimate decision lies with you.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American Nurses Credentialing Center

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