It's a no-brainer, really. The more education nurses receive, the better they'll be at their jobs. One study even showed that certain nursing certifications are associated with lower rates of hospital-acquired infections.
And earning advanced degrees, such as a Doctor of Nursing Practice, can help advanced practice nurses gain the autonomy that many of them so desire.
As the competition for jobs gets stiffer, additional education can also give newly minted RNs an edge in the job hunt by helping them make the leap from the classroom to the bedside.
A study led by the University of San Francisco found that nurses who participate in transition-to-practice programs increase their employment opportunities, confidence, and competence of new nurse graduates.
Alexandra Wilson Pecci is an editor for HealthLeaders.