Do I Need My #BSN To Be Self-Employed? @PatBemis @TheYoganurse @MaureenSRN #NNBA2014 :"Do I need my BSN to be self-employed? The answer is no. Formal degrees are always helpful, but not necessary in the business word. Your RN gives you the license to be self-employed and practice the knowledge and skills you received from your nursing education.