If you’re a registered nurse considering taking the plunge back into the waters of higher education, you may be concerned about the time investment you’ll have to make.
Although a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) is not required to have a long and rewarding career in nursing, a 2010 report by the Institute of Medicine reports that there is an industry-wide shift to increase the number of BSNs from 50 to 80 percent of all U.S. nurses by the year 2020. Further evidence of this shift is revealed in Dr. Patricia Benner's, Educating Nurses: A Call For Radical Transformation (2010), which points to research indicating hospitals with higher rates of bachelor-prepared nurses have better patient outcomes.
Since there is a push to increase the number of BSNs, and since the need for nurses will continue to rise as the Baby Boomer generation ages, many colleges and universities are offering flexible programs that allow working nursing professionals with non-traditional work schedules to finish quickly.
Below we dive into several questions prospective students may have about program timeframes.