By 2020, the U.S. healthcare system will require more than 1 million new RN’s. There is an extraordinary demand for new nurses to enter the field in open positions and also to replace nurses who are going to retire from the field. Because of this demand, the vast majority of nursing schools in the U.S. are looking for new ways to encourage and inspire students who have bachelor’s degrees in other fields to join the ranks of nursing.
There are accelerated programs that are very popular which allow students to earn a BSN or MSN. It’s an excellent choice for students who would like to transition from their current career path to the nursing profession.
While accelerated nursing programs aren’t new, the popularity of these programs has risen significantly. In the 90’s there were roughly 30 accelerated BSN programs, but today there are around 230 of them being offered across the United States as well as more being planned.
According to the AACN those students that are motivated, have high academic expectations, are intellectually more mature, have strong clinical skills, and are not afraid of a challenge should discuss accelerated programs with their admissions counselors.
It’s recommended that those entering the nursing workforce have at least one bachelor’s degree or even a higher degree to ensure that the person is prepared to deal with the ever-changing advances in the healthcare system. By entering with such degrees, the practicing nurse may be able to enter research roles, teach others, and enter into clinical specialties.
Since the 80’s, when only 22% of nurses held a higher degree than a nursing diploma, more than 37% now hold higher degrees. One of the most significant reasons for this are the BSN programs. If you have a bachelor’s degree in any field and are considering a career change; the accelerated BSN and MSN programs are one of the best choices for those that are looking for a career in the medical field.