Have you ever wondered what job opportunities will be available after graduating from nursing school with your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)? While almost all BSN graduates will go on to serve as registered nurses, not all will end up working in busy hospitals or clinics. Instead, registered nurses can find new and exciting career opportunities from across the healthcare continuum – Including roles that work with specific populations, age groups, and more.
With a BSN from the University of Providence, your future as a nurse is what you make it. Our BSN graduates learn the clinical and administrative skills to be successful in their careers.
Graduating RNs are put on an immediate path to obtaining a job in the health care system.
One of the many benefits of being a nursing school graduate is that you can take the skills you learned and apply them across various career opportunities. Not only do BSN graduates enter the field ready to use their skills – but graduating with a BSN opens the door for graduates to continue their education by earning their master’s or even doctoral degree in nursing.
But let’s not get ahead of things. While looking ahead to more advanced roles in nursing may be something you’re interested in, it’s crucial to build up your experience as an RN.
Since RNs make up a large part of any healthcare institution, they are in high demand. Not only is nursing one of the highest employed fields in the healthcare industry but nursing has been consistently rated as the number one most trusted profession among the American people – further exemplifying the critical and valuable role nurses play in the lives of their patients and the healthcare system overall.
After graduation, many RNs work in a hospital’s nursing unit.
One of the most highly recognized places BSN graduates can find work is in a hospital, working among fellow RNs in a nursing unit. Hospital nursing units are made up of RNs who work together in a specific wing, ward, or division of the hospital. While RNs who work in the emergency room (ER) may see more action than nurses in the intensive care unit (ICU), each must utilize the skills they learn in nursing school to administer timely, compassionate, and ethical care for those who need it.
Are hospitals not your speed? Take your skills to a nursing home or a long-term care facility.
Hospitals are not the only place RNs can administer their skills. RNs who work in nursing homes help administer on-site care to those unable to care for themselves due to old age or disability. In addition, working in a nursing home or care facility allows RNs to work closely with their patients – meaning RNs get to know their patients better, develop a close professional relationship with them, and work with them to monitor their treatments and care in a more personal, permanent setting.
BSN Graduates can work in roles like hospice, home health, or public health office.
While RNs must remain professional while administering care to those in need, there is an aspect of nursing that includes a personalized, human touch. RNs seeking to add a more personalized touch may consider working in hospice or home health. RNs working in hospice and home health care engage with patients who may be acutely ill, in serious, long-term recovery, or in need of end-of-life care.
Nurses are also in demand in clinics, doctor’s offices, and private practices.
Whether it’s a pediatrician’s office, primary care office, or specialty care office – BSN graduates play a valuable role in caring for patients who visit clinics, doctors’ offices, and private practices. Nurses who serve in these roles use their skills with primary care physicians, practitioners, and specialists to ensure patients are well cared for and treated during their visit. Similar to a position in home health or long-term care, RNs who work in doctors’ offices can develop longer, meaningful connections with their patients, getting to know them and their health histories to provide more personalized care options.
Do you like working with kids? Consider becoming a school nurse.
Those who love working with kids or are seeking a future career in pediatrics can work in elementary, middle, and high schools as a nurse. Becoming a school nurse offers more than applying a bandage and sending students home if they are sick. Parents and caretakers entrust school nurses to have the best interest of their kids at heart while they’re at school. As a school nurse, you will play a critical role in helping students who are injured, sick, or experiencing a medical issue while at school. Being a school nurse also has the added benefit of helping teach kids about health and safety in their daily lives.
Do any of these opportunities sound interesting? Although they’re not the only jobs BSN graduates can obtain after nursing school, they highlight the different fields and disciplines open to RNs seeking an alternative to working in a hospital setting. In addition to the roles listed, there are additional roles for nurses that span even further within the healthcare continuum. For specific roles in nursing – whether it be at hospitals, long-term care, or beyond, consider these roles in nursing:
- Pharmaceutical RN
- Nurse Informaticist
- Nurse Case Manager
- Nurse Administration
Serve your community as an RN today with a BSN from the University of Providence.
At the University of Providence, we offer three different BSN degree programs to help everyone earn their BSN, from high school students to existing RNs and career changers. Our programs teach foundational nursing principles, in-demand skills, and compassionate patient care. Our BSN graduates continue to serve as RNs across the healthcare continuum, carrying the principles, skills, and care taught by our dedicated faculty and clinical nursing instructors.
The newest in our lineup of BSN programs, the Traditional BSN, is our first on-campus nursing program here in Great Falls, MT. Our Traditional BSN program offers recent high school graduates the opportunity to earn their BSN through our four-year program. Students will receive a foundational education in liberal arts, along with an advanced understanding of nursing practices taught through in-person lectures, nursing skill labs, clinical placements, and more. In addition, students will be able to learn fundamental nursing skills in our new state-of-the-art simulation lab, designed to replicate a real hospital wing with real hospital scenarios. – including high-fidelity mannequins that offer new, interactive ways for students to administer care and learn new skills.
Designed for already practicing registered nurses who have obtained a two-year degree, the Online RN-BSN program is perfect for registered nurses seeking to get their BSN without taking time off. Designed for working professionals, our RN-BSN program is designed for all lifestyles – including full-time, part-time, and even third-shift workers. Since the program is 100% online and most coursework is administered asynchronously, you can complete work on your time. Asynchronous coursework is paired with virtual learning sessions** to deliver the course material that builds upon the skills you already know and use every day as an RN – preparing you to deliver better care and opening the door to new and exciting career advancement opportunities.
**Virtual courses for the first and second 8-week sessions are administered on the first, third, fifth, and seventh weeks before transitioning to the first and seventh weeks for the remaining sessions.
Our Accelerated BSN is a one-year, all-inclusive nursing program for those who want to transition into a nursing career. Accelerated BSN students must have a bachelor’s degree before enrollment and reside or live close to one of UP’s two Accelerated BSN clinical site locations in Lewistown, MT, or Anchorage, AK. The Accelerated BSN program prepares students for licensure as RNs through a one-year intensive program that focuses on teaching in-demand nursing skills, principles, foundational nursing practice, and ethical patient care.
With three different BSN programs to choose from, we’re sure to have one that fits your needs.
Becoming a registered nurse is always possible regardless of where you are in your life journey. If you’re looking to start, change or advance your career with a BSN, consider the impact a nursing career can have on your life and the lives of those you will care for. You can learn more about our nursing programs by visiting our nursing page, where you can learn more about our bachelor and master programs.