The specific duties of a registered nurse (RN) will always be dependent on the healthcare setting, patient population, and experience level. Common responsibilities among all nurses will include care and safety, communicating with doctors, administering medications and maintaining records. Many RNs discover when they earn a bachelor of science in nursing an evolution of their critical thinking and research skills, increased leadership opportunities as well as improving methods of patient care.
Here are some BSN nurse responsibilities worth noting.
Supervising Other Nurses
More experienced RNs are often called on to be "in charge" of a nursing shift, but a nurse with a BSN will often be able to step into a more formal supervisor position. Not only does this involve a higher salary, but it can also put you on a leadership track that can lead to positions in administration.
Collaborating on Nursing Care Treatment Plans
Because a bachelor's degree program includes extensive education about more aspects of care, treatment plan collaboration is within the scope of BSN nurse responsibilities. That gives a nurse more confidence providing support to patients and treating a specific illness or condition. Also, a BSN nurse will likely be tasked with supporting a patient through different aspects of that treatment, including coordinating with caregivers and finding specialists if needed. Many nurses appreciate that type of longer term, patient-centric approach to care.
Educating Nursing Students
One potential role for a BSN nurse is to become a nurse educator, which requires a bachelor's degree. These professionals serve as faculty members in nursing schools and teaching hospitals and are responsible for assisting in the lesson plan development, teaching courses and overseeing LPN’s and RN’s clinical practice. Some BSN nurses split their time between being nurse educators and caring for patients.
Since BSN nurses are educated on management strategies, they are often tasked with coordinating communication among different departments within a healthcare setting. For example, you might be put in charge of streamlining patient transfers from the emergency department to critical care. Taking on that type of administrative role can be highly satisfying since it involves improving patient care and making an organization more efficient. Much like other BSN roles, departmental coordination usually comes with increased salary.
Keep in mind that these are just a few of the BSN healthcare nurse responsibilities available now. As healthcare systems expand and become more complex, it is likely that this list will keep growing longer as well. That's part of the reason that the American Association of Colleges of Nursing has asserted that a bachelor's degree may become the minimum standard for professional practice.
With RN to BSN online programs offering more flexibility than ever before, making the shift is worth consideration, especially since a BSN can look ahead to a higher salary and broader responsibilities, now and into the future.
For more information about Anna Maria’s online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program, contact us today at 877-265-3201 or visit online.annamaria.edu/rn-bsn.
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). “The Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing as Minimal Preparation for Professional Practice.”http://www.aacn.nche.edu/publications/position/bacc-degree-prep (accessed July 25, 2016).