The ABCs of RN to BSN: New Skills, More Opportunities

May 13, 2020

As a registered nurse, caring for others is part of your daily routine. But now there’s a way to care for yourself–in particular, your career, your skill set and your future. Earning your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) could be that natural push needed to move your life forward. More potential earnings, higher market value, a mastery of critical thinking and leadership opportunities could all be part of that critical push. Moreover, many hospitals and healthcare facilities are only seeking nurses with a BSN, and that trend is likely only going to gain steam going forward. A BSN is required for many nursing roles, too, (especially leadership roles), and will spur your growth both personally and professionally. 

William Peace University offers a flexible, affordable and accelerated RN to BSN program to meet your needs.

Our unique partnerships with Wake Med, UNC Rex Healthcare and UNC Physicians Network mean you’ll be getting real-world, tangible nursing education knowledge and know-how every step of the way. Starting last year, registered nurses who hold an Associate’s Degree in Nursing or Diploma can affordably earn their bachelor’s degree with flexible class schedules, including 100% online or the option to choose hybrid with some on-campus options. Our comprehensive, accelerated program is open to registered nurses (with a current, valid RN license in North Carolina). Qualifying applicants may be eligible to transfer up to 90 credits to the accelerated nursing program. And you could complete it by this time next year. So your future could get started sooner than you think. Earn your BSN degree on your terms with WPU.

The WPU RN to BSN Program Offers:

  • Earn a BSN in as few as 12 months
  • Six start dates throughout the year
  • Flexible with 100% online and hybrid class schedules, coursework, and learning options (online, on-campus and on-site)
  • Build a personalized track, with part-time and full-time options
  • Additional discount for Wake Med & UNC Rex Healthcare employees
  • Cost for Hospital Partner Rates: $198 per credit of Nursing Courses and $315 per credit hour for General Ed Courses; Non-Paranter Rates: $220 per credit hour of Nursing Courses and $350 per credit hour for General Ed Courses.


How Obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing can Enhance Your Skill Set

A BSN Degree will open up a spectrum of new abilities and career opportunities:

After achieving your baccalaureate degree, you will have sharpened critical thinking skills and competencies to provide better care to patients, advanced evidence-based nursing and research knowledge to apply, will be better prepared to assume leadership roles in healthcare, enroll in advanced education and propel your career upward and forward.

All these abilities are foundations for lasting leadership positions and increased salary opportunities as you climb the ladder of nursing practice.

But Where Will a BSN Take You? 

The nursing workforce is growing, and growing quickly. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that nurse employment will surge by 19% by 2022, and BSN-educated nurses will be eligible for 88% of these projected positions. A thumbnail sketch of career and professional possibilities in the healthcare system–each transformative in its own unique way–follows:

Private medical and surgical hospitals

48% of nurses work in these settings, treating a wide array of illnesses and injuries. Some of the most common areas nurses are needed are in surgery, maternity wards, pediatrics, oncology, and emergency rooms.

Physicians’ offices

Working here generally means fewer emergencies and more regular hours. Nurses’ duties in a physicians’ office include patient prep, records administration and giving injections.

Public medical and surgical hospitals

Public hospitals are now less common in the U.S., so you’ll find fewer openings here. But for those that do, working in a public hospital includes assisting in the maternity ward and emergency room, as well as maintaining patient records and medication administration.

Home health care services

You’ll work to make sure patients receive the medication and any acute care they need. Patients might be children with medical needs that their parents can’t meet or adults who are unable to care for themselves.

Nursing care facilities

Nurse duties may include providing elderly patient care, including bathing and assisting in daily activities. Other nursing care facilities provide rehabilitation care for patients who were recently released from hospitals.


Benefits of a BSN Degree

More prepared for a hospital setting

This is due to the time and commitment spent during their training, and BSN programs’ intense emphasis on nursing research, ethics, and informatics (unlike the majority of ADN programs). Four of the highest paying nursing careers – nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist and clinical nurse specialist – require you to have a BSN.

Management and leadership opportunities

BSN prepared nurses can move into management and leadership roles within the healthcare setting. ADN nurses are unable to become nurse managers.

Better outcomes in patient care

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 good diagnoses.

Eligible to apply to Magnet hospitals

Magnet designation, obtained through the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), is a highly coveted designation that signifies a hospital is one of the best in the country. One of the requirements is the education level of the nursing staff. The more nurses that have advanced nursing degrees and higher education, such as BSN and MSN, the higher the likelihood of earning and keeping a Magnet status.

Eligible for many more posted nurse jobs

According to a recent study by, 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%
  • High school – 6%

This shows 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.

Heightened clinical skills

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), BSN nurses have superior clinical skills than ADN nurses. Reports indicate that BSN nurses have lower patient mortality rates, lower failure-to-rescue rates, higher proficiency at diagnosis and evaluating nursing interventions, and improved professional integration and research/evaluation skills.


A step towards an MSN degree

To obtain a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), nurses must first complete a BSN program. MSNs are required to become a nurse practitioner, certified nurse anesthetist, or a nurse educator.

A BSN May Be a Requirement in the Future

Starting your career with an RN degree will help you gain some real-world nursing experience. But 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 also strongly encouraged to get their BSN within five years of earning a diploma or an associate’s degree, according to the New York Times.

As these large, respected medical institutions offer these recommendations, health care employers tend to follow them, as well. This means that many could require that their nurses earn their BSN by 2020.

Access to non-hospital opportunities

Obtaining a BSN degree opens the door to non-hospital opportunities. Most nurses do not foresee themselves as bedside nurses when they are 50-60 years old. Nurses who hold a BSN degree can move into teaching, case management, informatics, policy review, and management.


Take a Breath. Then Take Action.

This is a lot to digest, about an especially important moment in your nursing career, and your life. We suggest that you get in touch if you’d like to see a degree program fitted to your life and life goals. Because our program is defined by its flexibility, it’s high touch, personalized, and uniquely ideal for the working nurse, parent, family caretaker, and half-time nursing students.

You can get a few more questions answered before enrollment, and take a few more steps toward realizing your goal of achieving a BSN degree here.

We look forward to hearing from you, and helping you on your journey to this heightened career plateau! 

William Peace University’s RN to BSN program Mission is to advance the education of registered nurses by enhancing their leadership and critical inquiry skills to promote professional growth and development.