4 Common Misconceptions about Earning Your BSN

textbooks with BSN letters on top of them By Lauren Abraham Posted on June 09, 2016  in  [ Nursing & Health Care ]

If you are a registered nurse, you may have considered enrolling in an RN to BSN program in order to earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). When it comes to making this decision, it is important to do your research and explore the options available to you.

There are many perspectives on whether or not it is worth it to go back to school, and here are four common misconceptions when it comes to earning your BSN.

Having a BSN Will Not Change My Career

You may hold the belief that “a nurse is a nurse,” no matter what level of education they have. While this may be true, advancing your nursing education can allow you to learn more about the healthcare system and how to provide better care for your patients.

In an RN to BSN program, you have the opportunity to learn from practicing nurses and experts in the field in order to maximize your strengths as a nurse. In nursing, there is always something new that can be learned, so earning your BSN is a great choice if you are looking to advance in your career.

A BSN Will Not Increase My Salary

RN’s may feel that earning their BSN is not worth it because it will not increase their salary. However, one of the many benefits experienced by BSN-prepared nurses is the potential to earn a higher salary. While this is not necessarily guaranteed upon earning your BSN, over time, you may find yourself advancing in the workplace, eventually leading to an increased salary.

In addition, BSN-prepared nurses can experience increased opportunities and promotions in the workplace. In a recent study of 187,000 nursing job postings, it was found that RN’s were eligible for 51 percent of jobs, while BSN-prepared nurses were eligible for 88 percent of jobs. In the long run, having your BSN can open doors to exciting opportunities.

I Am Too Busy to Return to School

As a working RN, you may feel you are far too busy to return to school to earn your BSN. However, while your work schedule may hinder you from taking classes in a traditional format, earning your degree online can provide you with the flexibility needed to get ahead. Online courses allow you to study anytime and anywhere, giving you the opportunity to earn your education in a way that is convenient for you.

Earning My BSN Will be Too Expensive

Finances are an important factor to consider when earning your education, and unfortunately, many students do not go back to school to earn their BSN for financial reasons. However, options may be available to you when it comes to financing for your education. For example, scholarships, grants and loans can help to pay for your schooling. In addition, you may even be able to receive financial assistance from your employer (Leonard & Bradford, 2009). By taking advantage of these potential resources, you can make your education more affordable.

There are many benefits that come with advancing your RN title by enrolling in an RN to BSN degree program. It is important to do your research in order to avoid these common misconceptions about earning a BSN. In the end, the hard work a BSN requires is worth it, as it can lead to a very fulfilling career.

If you are looking to earn your BSN online, Grand Canyon University’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions is a great choice. As a fully accredited institution, you can find confidence in knowing an online degree from GCU will prepare you for the future. To learn more, visit our website or contact us using the Request More Information button at the top of the page.

Written by Lauren Abraham, a senior earning a communications degree at GCU.


  • Leonard, T. & Bradford, W. (2009). Myth or Fact? Retrieved from nsna.org/Portals/0/Skins/NSNA/pdf/Imprint_Jan09_Feat_Leonard.pdf
  • BSN Degree vs. RN Differences. (n.d.). Retrieved from nursejournal.org/bsn-degree/bsn-degree-rn-differences

Lauren Abraham

Lauren Abraham is a senior at Grand Canyon University studying communication with a minor in marketing. She was born and raised in Phoenix and enjoys living in the Valley.
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