BSN Preparation for Nursing

In 2010 the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which is now the National Academy of Medicine, set the goal that 80% of registered nurses (RN) should have a BSN by 2020. Research continually demonstrates that nurses’ education level has a direct impact on the quality and safety of patient care. In support of this recommendation, OSF HealthCare is committed to supporting nurses who desire to further their education. At the time of hire nurses are encouraged to sign an “I am an OSF Nurse: Our Shared Commitment to Professional Development and Education” stating their commitment to complete their BSN within 6 years of hire as part of their personal development goals. If an interest in obtaining a BSN is expressed, he or she is provided three options for assistance and support. For nurses not interested in pursuing a BSN at hire, leaders will discuss their professional development progress including the value of a BSN degree during their annual evaluation, with the same options presented.

Option 1

Nurses can receive educational assistance of up to $3500 per year (amount is based on regularly scheduled hours). Nurses must complete their coursework at an accredited college or university for credit hours earned toward the degree. There is a corresponding work commitment of 1 year per maximum amount received.

Option 2

Nurses can participate in the RN to BSN Cohort Program, which provides an enhanced OSF Educational Assistance benefit and reduced tuition through a regional cohort offered by the two OSF Colleges of Nursing, along with the added benefit of studying with another group of OSF nurses; includes the corresponding work commitment in the educational assistance policy.

Option 3

Nurses my opt for the OSF Tuition Waiver Program for the OSF Colleges of Nursing RN to BSN Programs, which are available to RN Mission Partners in the markets where OSF Colleges of Nursing are located. This option includes a two-year work commitment.