Focus On: Achieving Your BSN

If you are a registered nurse with a diploma or Associate’s Degree, the thought of returning to school can be daunting and overwhelming. You may question if it’s really necessary or worthwhile to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. You may be waiting until you have more time or more money before researching your options. While considering a return to school, take some time to explore the resources below. Learn why now is the time to return to school, and gain advice on overcoming barriers that are in your way.




Improved patient outcomes, personal and career satisfaction, job opportunities, and more.

Advanced Degrees: Meeting the Needs of Nurses and Patients
Nursing Management, July 2015

Bachelor's Degrees Not Only Save Lives, They Save Hospitals Money
AJN, American Journal of Nursing, February 2015

Original Research: Changing Trends in Newly Licensed RNs [CE]
AJN, American Journal of Nursing, February 2014

Baccalaureate Education in Nursing and Patient Outcomes
JONA: Journal of Nursing Administration, February 2013

Magnet® Hospitals Are Attracted To The BSN But What's In It For Nurses?
Nursing2012, March 2012

The Nurse Education Imperative
Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association, April 2012

Education matters: Does higher learning yield higher income?
Nursing Management, July 2011


Don’t let issues such as time and cost, stand in your way.

Picking your priorities: An educational pathway
Nursing Management, February 2015

BSN Completion Barriers, Challenges, Incentives, and Strategies
JONA: Journal of Nursing Administration, April 2014

Motivators and Barriers to Returning to School: RN to BSN
Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, April 2014

Overcoming the Barriers to Achieving a BSN: Part 1
Nursing2014, March 2014

Overcoming the Barriers to Achieving a BSN: Part 2
Nursing2014, April 2014

Is online education right for you? [CE]
Nursing Management, April 2013

How to Finance Your Dreams of Further Education
Lippincott’s 2012 Nursing Career Directory, January 2012


For more encouragement, be sure to read the articles below!

Accelerated Second Degree Programs
Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, August 2015

Is an online BSN degree in your future?
Nursing2015, June 2015

So you want to...Get a BSN
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, April 2015 

So you want to...Go back to school
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, February 2015 

Achieving success when returning to nursing education
Nursing2015, February 2015

What internal motivators drive RNs to pursue a BSN?
Nursing2014, October 2014

Going Back To School 101
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, August 2011

Thinking Of Going Back To School? Just Do It!
Nursing2011, March 2011

Nursing as a Second Career
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, February 2011

Can You Go the Distance? Attending the Virtual Classroom 
Orthopaedic Nursing, December 2010