BSN and MSN-Prepared Nurses Popular Among Employers

The American Colleges of Nursing (AACN) recently released data that show nursing graduates who possess a Bachelor or Master of Nursing are much more likely to receive job offers following graduation.

A similar national survey of deans and director from nursing schools throughout the United States found that 59 percent of new BSN graduates, for example, had job offers by the time they graduates, which is considerably higher than other professions. (The national average is 29.3 percent.) Further, an impressive 89 percent of BSN graduates snagged jobs within 4 to 6 months of graduating.

Although there is considerable concern that bachelor and even master’s degrees no longer guarantee success in the workforce, it is clear that this doesn’t hold true for the nursing industry, where graduates are landing jobs at a significantly higher rate than the national average.

The demand for BSN and MSN graduates in nursing are likely a result of employers seeking to raise their quality standards and meet patient demands for these higher-level practitioners. This is due to an increased body of research that shows those nurses with bachelor’s degrees or higher have better patient outcomes.

The Institute of Medicine is hoping that 80 percent of the workforce will have at least a bachelor’s degree by 2020.

Other noteworthy results of the recent AACN survey include:

  • The highest percentage of BSN graduates with job offers at graduation was in the South, where 68 percent of all graduates received job offers, followed by the Midwest, at 59 percent.
  • The highest percentage of BSN graduates with job offers 4 to 6 months after graduation also varied by region, with graduates in the South coming in at 93 percent and the Midwest coming in at 90 percent.
  • 67 percent of RN graduates from entry-level master’s programs had jobs upon graduation, and 90 percent had jobs within 4 to 6 months.
  • Nearly 44 percent of all hospitals are now requiring new graduates to possess, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree in nursing.