Adriana is a junior at GCU majoring in psychology, and is a part of the Honors Institute. She was born and raised in Lakewood, CA and moved to Phoenix to attend Grand Canyon University. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, fishing and hiking. When she is not doing those, you can find her reading, working on a crafty art project or spending time with her friends. Her career goal is to become a forensic psychologist.
In today’s competitive workforce, many people feel the need to further their education as much as they can. For some, taking the next step to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is already in their education plan, but for others, they might not be so sure. If you are a registered nurse (RN) with an associate degree who is considering continuing your education by earning a BSN, here are some signs to show you are ready to take the next step:
You Feel Confident in Your Experiences
Depending on the length of time you have been an RN or working in healthcare, you may have some level of confidence in yourself that you want to rise up in the ranks. Working closely with other RN’s has given you a solid idea of what they go through on a daily basis. By learning from others, you may have been able to see what can be available to you should you earn your BSN, from the perspective of both office policies and on-the-job duties.
You Have Strength from Previous Education
As a registered nurse, you have successfully gone through some type of associate degree program. Dealing with the rigor of that program is similar to what you will find going into a BSN program. Having completed your associate degree, you will already have an idea of what to expect, and you will understand the strength it takes to earn a BSN degree. If you enjoy learning and feel ready to maintain the balance of work and school, you can prepare to earn your BSN.
You Want to Be a Leader
While being an RN is a great accomplishment, you may feel that you could be doing more. If you have this feeling, then you want to become a leader in nursing. Many hospitals and clinical settings are starting to require higher levels of education as the field gets more competitive, and obtaining your BSN may allow you to enter into positions that are higher up in the chain of command and the pay scale.
If you find yourself agreeing to the statements above, then you are ready to begin your journey to earning you Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree!
GCU’s RN to BSN, offered by the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, focuses on the application of clinical reasoning, research, evidence-based practice, collaboration and leadership. To find out more information, visit us at our website or click the Request More Information button at the top of the page.
Written by Adriana Carda, a junior earning a degree in psychology at GCU.