Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | January 7, 2020

BSN Degree Helps Nurse Elevate Career

Teri Tasler

Oncology Nurse Auditor, BSN, RN, OCN

Unit where you work at Duke Raleigh Hospital:
Medical Auditing

Where did you pursue your BSN degree?

Chamberlain College of Nursing

How long did it take?

15 months

How has this education helped you in your role and the evolving healthcare environment?

Healthcare is always changing and it is important for every person to be aware of how that affects the patients and our institution. A higher education helped me to look at nursing much more broadly and understand the science and evidence base behind it. I look for ways to improve healthcare for our patients and the institution. For me, this degree has allowed me to think outside of the box and actually be a part of the change.

Has earning your BSN degree helped to elevate your career to a leadership position or pursue additional higher education? If so, how?

Yes. Now I work in medical auditing. Three years ago, I was unable to apply. As a nurse, it opens the door for many other opportunities within the organization.

What were some of your biggest takeaways from the BSN degree program?

As healthcare continues to change it is important for nurses to be aware and knowledgeable with these changes not just locally, but globally as well. This degree program has taught me to become comfortable using evidence-base practice and researching articles to promote the best practice not only for our patients, but the institution also.

What advice do you have for other nurses that are interested in pursuing this education?

Even though I thought I was too old to return to school, no one is too old to continue to learn! Nurses should return to school if they are interested in doing so. It doesn’t matter how long it takes to complete your higher education. Your pursuit of higher education not only benefits you, but also your patients and your institution. It definitely opened opportunities for me not only in nursing, but helped me to build my professional relationships and networking.

–By Erin McKenzie

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