With innovative virtual learning tools, 10 nursing courses, and a practice learning experience with little or no travel, you can add to the skills you already have and earn your degree in Walden’s online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) Completion Program.
The Institute of Medicine is calling for nurses to take the lead in improving the healthcare system, and RNs must enhance their education to meet this challenge.* As you work toward your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, you will exchange valuable perspectives and share insights with fellow RNs as you continue to hone your leadership and practical skills.
Why choose Walden’s online RN to BSN degree program?
Our Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)-accredited RN-BSN online completion program is designed with your professional goals and busy lifestyle in mind:
- Choose from two program tracks, the RN-BSN and RN-BSN-MSN, depending on your higher education goals.
- Start taking nursing courses from day one.
- Gain valuable skills through a practice learning experience with little or no travel.
- Transfer up to 75% of your credits, or 135 of the 181 quarter credits required, if eligible.
- Implement what you learn immediately to improve the health of your community and the reputation of your healthcare environment.
- Hone your health assessment skills with Digital Learning Experience™ by Shadow Health®, an immersive virtual learning environment.
Graduates of this Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) degree program will be prepared to:
- Apply leadership and informatics concepts in decision-making to promote patient safety and quality care.
- Use evidence based on the sciences, humanities, and research to guide nursing practice across the health–illness continuum in a variety of healthcare settings.
- Evaluate the implications of policy on issues of access, equity, affordability, and social justice in healthcare delivery, including the health of vulnerable populations and healthcare disparities.
- Demonstrate effective communication and collaboration skills to improve patient outcomes.
- Implement individual and population-focused interventions to promote health and to prevent and manage disease and injuries.
- Exhibit accountability for personal and professional behaviors in accordance with standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct with a commitment to continuous professional development.
- Provide patient-centered nursing care based on a comprehensive and focused health assessment across the lifespan using sound clinical judgment as well as developmentally and culturally appropriate approaches.
Overall employment of registered nurses (RNs) is projected to grow 16% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the national average for all occupations (7%).†
As an RN, you already are making a difference in the lives of patients and the health of your community. When you earn your BSN, you acquire additional skills in leadership, case management, and health promotion. You also increase your ability to practice in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings, including:
- Staff nurse in a hospital specialty unit
- Department manager
- Head nurse
- Administrative positions in nursing homes, hospice care settings, and insurance companies
Many employers and leadership groups recognize the unique value that baccalaureate-prepared nurses bring to the practice setting, including:
- Community settings
- Federal agencies
- Military leaders
- Leading nursing organizations
- Healthcare foundations
- Magnet hospitals
- Minority nurse advocacy groups
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016–2017 Edition, Registered Nurses, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm.
†Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Launches Initiative to Support Academic Progression in Nursing, on the internet at http://www.rwjf.org/en/library/articles-and-news/2012/03/robert-wood-johnson-foundation-launches-initiative-to-support-ac.html.
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*The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, on the internet at http://nacns.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/5-IOM-Report.pdf (viewed online July 31, 2017).