The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a 125 credit upper division program open to Registered Nurses (RN’s) only. Educational preparation at the baccalaureate level provides NJ licensed Registered Nurses with the knowledge and expertise necessary to meet contemporary challenges and find satisfaction in their chosen nursing path. Kean University offers an online option for this program through Kean Online for students interested in pursuing a RN to BSN as an upper division Bachelor of Science in Nursing. For more information about the program please visit: www.kean.edu/~nursing/ WWW.ACENURSING.ORG Dean's Message Nurses practicing in today’s environment face the challenges of diminished resources, growing complexity in both patient care and the health care system, and increased demand from a diverse public. We, at Kean’s School of Nursing, are committed to providing students with advanced knowledge and competencies through inspired mentoring and superior instruction. Advantages to Learning Online A major benefit to Kean Online is the asynchronous environment. You decide where and when you study, attend class, post homework and contribute to discussions. This is an invaluable asset to nurses who often work long shifts that may prevent them from attending traditional classes. Top 9 Advantages of a BSN Degree #1 BSN Holders Make More Money Payscale.com has just released 2014 data that shows there are major salary difference between people with an RN and a BSN. The RN will earn a median of $39,100, and a BSN holder will earn more than $69,000: #2 Some Nursing Careers Open Only to BSN Holders Having a bachelor’s degree is essential to be admitted to most graduate nursing programs. Four of the highest paying nursing positions – nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist and clinical nurse specialist – require you to have a BSN. #3 BSN Curriculum Teaches Much More than Clinical Skills With a BSN degree, you will base your nursing services on proven models of care, identify the family as the center unit of care, master upper division sciences and liberal arts, be a member of the research team and implement the highest legal and ethical principles. These are essential competencies, with more accountability for larger and more complex patient populations. #4 Research Shows That BSN Holders Offer Better Patient Care The American Association of the Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has collected extensive research that indicates that higher nursing education makes a major difference in clinical outcomes. Nurses with a BSN have better patient outcomes, including lower mortality rates and lower failure to rescue rates as well. The research also indicates that BSN holders have higher proficiency in making accurate nursing diagnoses. #5 Hospitals Seek ‘Magnet’ Designation, and Want Higher Educated Nurses The ‘magnet’ designation, awarded by the American Nurses Association, is highly coveted by hospitals, and has been given to 400 hospitals to date. One of the key requirements of earning the designation is the education level of the nursing staff.For example, the ANA requires that 75% of nurse managers have a BSN as of Jan. 1, 2011, and 100% had to have a BSN by Jan. 1, 2013. Also, 48% of nurses have to have a BSN or higher. #6 BSN Holders Are Eligible for Many More Posted Nurse positions According to a recent study by BurningGlass.com, in a study of 187,000* nurse job posts over three months, there were the following education requirements in the posts:Diploma or associate’s degree – 51%Bachelor’s degree – 37%Graduate degree – 23%What this shows is that a nurse with an RN diploma is eligible for 51% of the positions, while a person with a BSN is eligible for 88%. Further, the study showed that the mean salary for a BSN holder was $10,000 higher than the diploma or associate degree graduate. #7 Earning a BSN Is Easier Than Ever In recent years, there has been an explosion in BSN programs, given the great demand for nursing professionals. Many of these programs are online. This allows you to earn your BSN from the comfort of your own home, with minimal need to visit the college campus. #8 Earning a BSN May Be a Requirement in the Future The Institute of Medicine (IOM) published a study recently on the nursing profession. It recommended that BSN holders be increased from 50% to 80% by 2020. Nurses are being strongly encouraged to get their BSN within five years of earning a diploma or an associate’s degree. #9 BSN Connected to Higher Professional Advancement Your BSN will open your career up to a full range of community-based care, leadership positions and case management. Your BSN learning experiences will assist you to redefine your practice, participate in interdisciplinary teams, explore the growing sophistication of our nursing and related health disciplines and achieve a professional self-confidence which comes with life-long learning.