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Is it time to pursue your BSN?


There are many advantages to having a BSN, but some nurses are unsure whether now is the right time to go back to school. Are you ready to continue your education and get a BSN? Take this quiz to find out.

Do you …

Enjoy having opportunities to discuss professional and clinical topics with your colleagues? Y / N

Ever wish that you had your BSN or that you were working on it already? Y / N

Often turn to the literature to support or enhance your clinical practice? Y / N

Think about becoming a leader some day, whether it be in practice, academia or administration? Y / N

Envision yourself moving on for advanced degrees during your career? Y / N

Hear about jobs you wish you were qualified to apply for? Y / N

Find yourself seeking the expertise and advice of colleagues with higher degrees? Y / N

Frequently volunteer for participation in evidence-based projects and research studies? Y / N

Often find yourself assuming an informal leadership role on the unit, on a committee or in a group project? Y / N

Sometimes argue with yourself about the need to pursue the BSN degree? Y / N

If you answered YES to most of these questions, you might be ready to go back and get your BSN.

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By Jan Lynch, RN, MSN, nurse editor/nurse executive at; Cheryl Portner, RN, MSN, vice president of staff development and training/nurse executive, Chicago,, who also is an adjunct faculty member in an Illinois MSN program; and Eileen Williamson, RN, MSN, senior vice president and chief nurse executive,

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