As more hospitals aspire to qualify as “Magnet-Recognized Organizations,” there is a greater demand for Registered Nurses to have a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.
Many RN’s have had to return to school and acquire their Bachelor’s degree against their will. Some institutions have told nurses, “No Bachelor’s in the Next 2 years, equals No Job -period!”
“The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.” Read more about this from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
How do all these changes affect you?
Are you an LPN who wants to advance and get your RN? Should you get an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree? If you get an Associate’s degree today, will you get a job in a hospital?
The way I look at it is, there is really no right or wrong answer. Otherwise, they would have shut down all the Associate Nursing Programs offered by Community Colleges.
It all depends on what you personally want to do with your nursing career.
Everybody is in a different situation. Some cities still have a great shortage of nurses and are just happy to get any nurse, be it LPN, RN, BSN or MSN.
Other places have very few health care organizations and will have the privilege of being very selective and choosy. They will demand and require the most highly educated nurses. It’s all boils down to economics, the great equation of “Supply and Demand.”
However, we cannot ignore the trends of the nursing profession. The more educated a nurse is today, the more desirable and marketable she or he certainly will be.
There are definitely more job opportunities for highly educated nurses. You can find colleges to enroll and more information here.
Older Experienced Nurses
A lot of nurses over 55 years of age do not see the financial benefit of going back to school and getting new loans. Their children are in college, and they are dealing with that expense at the moment. They have to face the dilemma of losing their hospital job in the near future or get a job with fewer benefits and less pay.
It certainly is a challenging time for nurses in America, so if you plan to migrate, please keep this in mind.
I like to tell young nurses (under 30 years) “-just get your Bachelors degree and avoid all the future complications.” Things are easier when you are young and have fewer commitments.
But this advice is not applicable to everyone because people are at different seasons in their lives. If you are in a dilemma and would like to discuss your situation with me, you can book a one-on-one consulting session. Send me an email, and we can explore your options and unique situation.
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