Associate Degree or Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing

Christine Joy Del Puerto | Contributing Writer

According to the book, 212 – the Extra Degree, the author, S.L. Parker, says that “at 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam. And with steam, you can power a train.” Just imagine that more one degree can affect more towards you. The higher degree that we go, the better our life will be which can support us and our family.

I agree with this quote which talks about how one more degree can make a difference. Some people believe that going for a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing (BSN) will take longer. Many students graduate as a licensed practical nurse (LPN), but to graduate with a BSN could provide more benefits like developing skills and earning professional identity.

Graduating from a four-year college, receiving a BSN will give you a higher chance of being hired in medical facilities for your future jobs. Many hospitals have hired people who have earned a BSN because they have learned and studied longer which gives them a chance to develop the skills.

PhD Lucy A. Megginson wrote an article called “RN-BSN Education: 21St Century Barriers And Incentives” in the Journal of Nursing Management. In it she says that “the results of Aiken et al.s research indicate that in hospitals with a 10% increase in the proportion of nurses with BSN degrees, there was a decreased risk of patient death and failure to rescue by 5%.” According to Megginson’s quote, developing skills in college could lead to being hired in a hospital which you could increase your patient’s survival in the hospital.

Graduating with a BSN can give you a ‘professional identity’ in the future. Megginson writes that “the participants defined credible professional identity as the inherent respect, based on educational level, conferred to BSN or higher level educated RNs. The participants also described the belief that a BSN will be required for professional and upper management-level positions, those other than clinical staff nurse positions.”

Megginson indicates that when you earned a BSN, you are considered more professional and respected in front of the LPN. Since you have developed more skills, people will look up to you like a teacher. Many people who have earned a BSN have become teachers who taught new RN or BSN students.

Some people say having a BSN will be a waste of time since you have to add more years to study in college. PhD David I. Auerbach wrote an article called “Do Associate Degree Registered Nurses Fare Differently in the Nurse Labor Market Compared to Baccalaureate-Prepared RNs” for the Nursing Economics. He says “roughly 40% of the nearly 3 million registered nurses (RNs) in the United States have an associate’s degree (ADN) as their highest level of nursing education.”

There are many people who do not pursue that goal. Instead they will earn a LPN degree. Earning a LPN can lead to working on any ’medical/ caretaker’ facilities. Many people work in nursing homes or hospitals that only earned their RN. It would take a lot of time to earn a BSN, why not just work after earning a LPN?

Some people believe that earning a Baccalaureate degree will be a waste of time, but there are benefits. You earn the title of graduating with a Baccalaureate Degree, have developed more skills, and earn the title of ‘professional identity’. When receiving a BSN, the next step is to find jobs that will hire you.

There are some people that think that just transferring to a four- year university will be a waste of time, after graduating with a LPN we can start working a little early than going to school. I don’t think it would be bad to receive a BSN. It might seem like a waste of money but at least you can earn a BSN just by studying and attending class. In addition, the people that are part of the community become my resources to find what field that I would like to pursue.