Value of a BSN

Nurses' roles, responsibilities, and educational needs are already changing significantly as the country prepares to meet the increased demand for care that will be created by health care reform and to advance improvements in America's increasingly complex health system. By 2020, an estimated 80 percent of nurses will be expected to have their BSN. Today, only 51 percent of registered nurses in Washington State have this degree; that figure is even lower for nurses in Whatcom, Skagit and Island counties, at only 45 percent.

Locally, Washington’s retiring workforce is leading to a greater demand of nurses.

  • More than 31 percent of Washington state nurses are over the age of 55 and headed for retirement.

  • By 2031 there will be an estimated 12,000 RN vacancies to fill in Washington, and it is recommended that these RNs have BSNs in order to provide patients with the most educated and proper care.

  • Many employers have clear preferences for hiring BSN-prepared nurses, and some are making continued employment contingent on BSN completion. A nurse with a BSN is much more likely to be hired than a non-BSN prepared nurse.

Western’s RN-to-BSN program is intended to address a long standing need in Whatcom County and will compliment and extend the current capacity of RN-to-BSN education in our region and state.


A BSN provides:

  • A competitive edge in the job market
  • Greater employment security
  • Increased earning potential
  • Career advancement
  • Graduate study options for advanced nursing roles

Learn more about the RN-to-BSN program:

Advisement available by appointment or attend one of our info sessions. Contact us to learn more.

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Page Updated 02.14.2014