FAQ Opportunities in Nursing

What is a BSN?

BSN stands for Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. To earn a BSN you must apply and be accepted into a baccalaureate program. The BSN curriculum provides a liberal arts base and nursing courses to prepare you to be a generalist in the field of nursing. Programs vary but the usual length of time is 4-5 years of study.

Why BSN?

The need for highly educated nurses to deliver high quality, safe, effective, and patient-centered care is acknowledged in the Institute of Medicine landmark report on The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (http://thefutureofnursing.org/recommendations ) . This report calls for increasing the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses (BSN) in the workforce to 80% by 2020.

The Impact of BSN Education on Nursing Safety (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/media-relations/EdImpact.pdf ) is well documented. Studies support the fact an increase in the number of BSN prepared registered nurses within a healthcare settings lowers the rate of patient complications and mortality.

Will there still be a strong job market for nurses in the coming years?

Yes! The need for nurses remains strong. By 2020 we will need more than a million new nurses to fill positions vacated by retirement.  Recent legislation to provide health care to over 1 million US citizens who previously had no healthcare will require an additional increase in the nursing workforce.

Are there opportunities for minorities in Nursing?

Yes! Minority representation for a diverse workforce is critical to our ability to provide quality, culturally competent patient care. Approximately 37% of the US population is made up of individuals from ethnic and racially diverse groups while only 19% of the nursing workforce come from diverse backgrounds. To reduce health disparities that exit among minority groups, a diverse nursing workforce is needed.

Who are the underrepresented minority groups in the Nursing?

Diversity is defined in many ways. Nursing values diversity in all forms, including national origin, race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status; and seeks to recruit, retain and graduate a diverse student population.

How many males are there in Nursing?

Males are an underrepresented group in nursing. Males make up 9.6% the nursing workforce.

How do I get started in Nursing?

The Ohio Council of Deans and Directors (OCDD) recommends the entry to practice as a registered nurse be a baccalaureate degree. Find your fit. Click this link to Ohio Schools/Colleges of Nursing that offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Find your region