Selecting a career is one of the biggest decisions that you can make. One of the stand out careers from now until 2024 due in part because of a shortage is the field of nursing. Nursing is a profession within the healthcare sector focused on the care of individuals, families, and communities to attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life.
Education-wise, a Bachelors Of Science degree in nursing can take up to 4 years to complete. If you already have a Bachelors degree, you can apply to an accelerated BSN program. In addition to getting a Bachelors Degree there are other routes to becoming a registered nurse. For example, you can get your associates degree, and complete an RN to BSN program. Typically for this type of program it can take 1115 months to complete. It requires mostly science focused courses like general and organic chemistry with lab, microbiology, and anatomy to name a few. When researching a nursing program it’s imperative that it has accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. As one of the leading careers in healthcare, this a requirement that should not be overlooked.
Now that you have a starting point of how to get your education, another factor to consider when selecting a career is salary. According to the American Association Of Colleges Of Nursing (AACN) median salary for Registered Nurse with a Bachelors Degree is $75,484.
Listed below are the states with the highest BSN Nurse salaries in the country:
* District Of Columbia -$102,840
* Nevada- $97, 790
* New Jersey – $95, 470
* New York – $99, 660
More Than a Job
Take it from my friend Arlene Jordan Henry, an Executive Director at a Memory Care Unit, who has been a nurse for years. She believes the field of nursing is one that you can take pride in, and adds that there are growth opportunities as well.
“Nursing actually chose me“, she says. “I know that it is truly a calling and could never be a ‘job’ because you are dealing with people and the care you give extends farther than just your patient- you are caring for the families as a whole unit…As I grow further into my career, I would like to train new nurses as I know that there is more to the nursing field than the medical portion of it. I need new and seasoned nurses alike to remember the human side, and want to help to produce nurses who inject love and life into their patients. These attributes do so much for the wellness of those we serve.”
For anyone strongly considering nursing, her advice is as follows: “Don’t give up! Nursing is not easy but it’s worth it! Find a mentor, ask all the questions, be assertive, and learn from your mistakes. “You may think you chose nursing, but this is a calling, – your teammates, patients, & their families need you out here in the field. Never give up! You make more of an impact than you realize!”
So far, I have shared education options, average salaries, and advice from an actual nurse. There are a plethora of growth opportunities to consider as well, such as:
- Nurse practitioner
- Nurse Educator
- Clinical Trial Nurse
- Nurse Executive
- Certified Nurse Midwife
Nursing is not only a great return on investment, but it can be rewarding as well. For more information, here are a few resources: discovernursing.com , blacknursesrock.com, nursingworld.org, thefutureofnursing.com.
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