Transitioning From RN to BSN
Those who go on to receive their Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree after having already attained their registered nurse license will be experiencing changes in the clinical setting. They will be training for leadership responsibilities and have greater opportunities to work in more community based settings. They will have an increase in critical thinking and communication and have more of an opportunity for an increase in pay.
Leadership and Community Based
BSN nurses will be training for more leadership positions such as charge nurse rather than only a staff nurse. Baccalaureate nurses are more prepared for leadership positions as they posses “broad preparation in clinical, scientific, community health and patient education skills” (Chitty, 2007, p. 172). Along with an increase in leadership positions, baccalaureate nurses are “well positioned to move across community-based settings such as home health care, outpatient centers, and neighborhood clinics” (Chitty, 2007, p. 172). These community based settings are a more independent position, which requires strong clinical thinking and judgment.
Critical thinking is increased in the BSN program and nurses will have more training in intensive care units and emergency room clinical setting. Baccalaureate nurses are given more assessment tools and are provided with greater opportunities to practice their skills in a preceptorship setting. They are given the tools to better communicate and collaborate in a clinical setting. Those that graduate from a bachelor’s program “should possess the skills to communicate, collaborate, and negotiate in delivering high quality care to patients and families” (Chitty, 2007, p. 167). They are provided with the training and tools to make a more research based decision as they are taught research techniques and the importance of it in the RN-BSN program. Graf (2006) states that “higher proportions of...