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What Is an RN to BSN Program?

For registered nurses with an associate degree, a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (RN to BSN) offers the opportunity to build on firsthand experience while earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

The benefits of earning a BSN include increased competitiveness in the marketplace, career advancement opportunities, access to advanced nursing specialties and the opportunity to pursue graduate-level studies. The transition from RN to BSN can also enhance decision-making skills, strengthen leadership abilities and aid in developing a systematic approach to assessing problems.

In addition, the more important benefit to healthcare systems, organizations and patients comes from the skills and in-depth knowledge nurses gain through quality BSN programs. Accordingly, a number of states have proposed or, in the case of New York’s “BSN in 10” law, passed legislation requiring RNs to obtain their BSN within a certain timeframe following initial licensure.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) “strongly believes that registered nurses (RNs) should be, at minimum, prepared with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or equivalent baccalaureate nursing degree.” AACN cites research that has linked “lower mortality rates, fewer medication errors, and positive patient outcomes” with nurses who have earned at least a bachelor’s in the field.

The BSN degree is often referred to as a “bridge” program because it builds on the knowledge and experience nurses bring to the program. The curriculum is designed to improve clinical reasoning and analytical skills.

Eastern Illinois University’s RN to BSN Coursework

The coursework in the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) curriculum is designed to help nurses develop evidence-based, holistic nursing practice and sound clinical judgement. Courses cover topics such as public health nursing, pharmacogenomics, research in professional nursing, and management and leadership.

The seven-week course on public health nursing examines community health practices within the context of systems theory while exploring epidemiology and community assessment with an emphasis on prevention interventions.

Pharmacogenomics classes build on pathophysiology and pharmacology essentials with an emphasis on applying that knowledge to healthcare practices and optimizing drug therapy.

The study of research in nursing focuses on understanding the methodologies, design and principles of nursing research as applied to effective evidence-based practice.

Leadership courses teach managerial skills at both the individual and organizational level. Students are expected to apply that knowledge to their own leadership practices.

All courses are designed to help BSN recipients improve clinical decision-making, prepare for collaborative work environments and cultivate an inquiry-based practice.

Earn an Accredited BSN

The online RN to BSN program at EIU is accredited by AACN’s Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). All courses are taught by experienced faculty and the entire program can be completed in as few as 14 months. As medical science advances, so does the need for highly trained nurses. An increasing number of clinics and states are raising educational requirements for nursing.

Earning a CCNE-accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing through EIU’s online RN to BSN program is an affordable and convenient way to ensure that your educational qualifications reflect the highest standards a nursing degree can offer.

Learn more about the EIU RN to BSN online program.

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