Baker College of Jackson Adds Bachelors in Nursing
Baker College of Jackson is adding a four-year Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) to its curriculum.
JA Nursing Lab — This is one of Baker College of Jackson’s simulated patient rooms where students in the new BSN will be able to hone their skills.
Enrollment is now open for this pre-licensure track BSN program that is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
“Adding a bachelor’s degree in nursing was the result of extensive research and consultation with area health care professionals, including our clinical partners and advisory committee,” said Steve Simpson, Ed.D., Baker College of Jackson president. “A bachelor’s degree is not required to become a registered nurse, but the trend of employers preferring nurses who have earned bachelor’s degrees is clear.”
Baker College of Jackson’s BSN is a limited-enrollment program with no waiting list. The top 24 applicants will be accepted into the program annually.
"This is an exciting time for the Baker College School of Nursing,” said Lesley Morgan, Ph.D., MBA, ARNP, dean of the School of Nursing for Baker College. “As a career-oriented college, we stay abreast of current employment trends and continue to offer the most relevant education programs."
The demand for more nurses with bachelor’s degrees is partly the result of hospitals pursuing credentialing through the Magnet Recognition Program offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The program measures nursing care based on set criteria, one of which is the percentage of registered nurses with bachelor’s who are providing direct patient care.
Baker College of Jackson Nursing Program Director Debra Hadfield, MSN, RN, said that some hospitals are already giving hiring preference to graduates with bachelor’s degrees or requiring candidates and employed nurses with an associate degree to obtain a bachelor’s within a specified time period.
Hadfield also noted a study on the future of nursing by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute of Medicine. It recommends that by 2020, 80 percent of hospital nurses have bachelor’s degrees.
“Our graduates will be equipped for any entry-level registered nurse position, and the community will have health care provided by more knowledgeable professionals,” Hadfield said.
In 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated the average annual salary for a registered nurse was $69,790. Nationally, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
For more information about the Baker College School of Nursing, contact Dan Smith in the Baker College of Jackson admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517.788.7800, or visit www.baker.edu.
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