RN to BSN Degree Programs: What to Expect

In 2008, there were 2.6 million Registered Nurses (RNs) in the United States, making it the largest health care occupation in the nation (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Despite the large number of nurses currently employed, an aging nursing population and a lack of young nurses entering the workforce continues to increase the need for new nurses and the value of a professional nursing degree (American Medical Association).

Every day, nurses work alongside doctors to treat and educate patients and provide emotional support to patients and their families. According to the American Medical Association roughly 60 percent of nurses work in hospitals. However, nursing positions are available with a variety of health care providers including nursing homes, public health services, and schools.

Advantages of RN to BSN Online Programs

Many nursing students enroll in an RN to BSN degree program in pursuit of a career in nursing management or admission into an advanced degree program. Online RN to BSN programs make it easy for students to become one step closer to their career goals. In fact, many online programs can be completed in as little as one year.

BSN to RN Degree Coursework

Courses in RN to BSN programs focus on further development of critical thinking, communication, and practical problem-solving skills. Typical courses include leadership in nursing and nursing systems.

BSN Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Registered Nurses’ salaries can average anywhere from $52,000 to $77,900. In fact as of July 2010, the BLS estimated that careers in nursing would continue to grow at a rate of 22 percent. Given these promising statistics, it’s no wonder many nurses are taking their career to the next level by enrolling in a Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program.

Registered nurses can expect competitive compensation, a promising future, and, most importantly, a rewarding career dedicated to providing care to those who need it most.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Registered Nurses, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos083.htm (visited March 10, 2011).

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