These programs are designed as a training program for those who are just entering into the nursing profession. If you are already an RN, check out the RN to BSN programs listed on this site. Pursuing a BS in nursing degree may train you for leadership roles and career advancement, and prepare you to move into positions of nursing management, or other more advanced roles, such as clinicial specialties, consulting, research, or teaching.
Curriculum may include biological, physical, and social sciences, all of which contribute to the science of nursing. BS in Nursing programs may also include courses that develop the intellectual, social, and cultural aspects of the professional nurse. Check with each school to see if it is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLN).
The nursing shortage is well known, and pursuing your degree may help you advance faster in your profession and assume roles that demand critical thinking, decision-making, communication and leadership skills. Note that the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice, and the American Nurses Association recommend that two thirds of the nursing workforce have a bachelors degree by the year 2010 to prepare for the increasingly complex nature of medical care.