The Importance of Education for Professional Development

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While there are several pathways to begin your career in nursing, we now know that there are better patient outcomes and more career opportunities for nurses who go on to further their education. Do not wait to further your education and your professional prospects. The RN to BSN degree program at Grand Canyon University could be the perfect fit for you.

Maintaining and Enhancing Knowledge

Earn your BSN to sharpen your skills, broaden your understanding of best practice and prepare to take on more responsibilities as a leader in a hospital or healthcare organization. GCU’s RN-BSN program is tailored to meet the needs of the RN student and to maximize the strengths that the working RNs already possesses.

Staying on Top of Evidence-Based Practices

Change is arguably the only constant in healthcare. With each passing year, clinicians add to the ever-growing body of knowledge. New standards of care and interventions are developed, and new technologies are integrated. It is essential to be current on the latest evidence-based practices and implement them into your own job.

Choosing a Specialization

An RN to BSN degree path paves the way for your future trajectory in healthcare. Whether you have your eyes set on becoming the next unit educator or supervisor or beginning a career in higher education, no matter what path you decide to take, they all start with your BSN.

Increasing Confidence with Patients

As a registered nurse, your patients look to you to provide the best possible care. It is vital that you are current on the latest evidence and are prepared as an advocate to handle any given situation. With a BSN, you’ll have a strong base of knowledge and skill to draw from.

Enhancing the Direction of Your Career

Too often, nurses rely on the strong, nationwide demand for medical professionals for job security. But employers prefer to hire and promote providers who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to nurses with professional development. By choosing the RN to BSN degree program, you are affirming your dedication to give your patients the best possible care and that is something no hospital can do without. The higher your academic achievements are, the greater your options will be. With your BSN degree, you could even choose a non-conventional career path, such as any of the following:

  • Cruise ship nurse
  • Flight nurse
  • Parish nurse
  • Public health nurse
  • Prison nurse
  • Missionary nurse
  • Disaster-preparedness nurse
  • Legal nurse consultant

These are just a few of the possibilities you can pursue with your Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Grand Canyon University. Visit our College of Nursing and Health Care Professions website and click on the Request More Information button. Our online admissions application is waiting for you.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.

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