A career as a registered nurse (RN) can be both rewarding and lucrative – with jobs in the nursing field projected to increase significantly over the next five to ten years. While annual pay and employment demand have increased, so have the skills required for RNs to receive licensure.
Today, being an RN is about much more than taking patient vitals and providing bedside care. While these skills are core aspects of the job, an RN must also know enhanced clinical and administrative disciplines to provide the best care possible for their patients.
The increased demand for RN skills has resulted in more nurses seeking a higher education beyond their essential licensure. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN), RNs can expand on the skills they’ve learned during licensure and new skills and technical competencies.
The University of Providence’s Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program prepares licensed registered nurses to earn their BSN in just one year.
Earning your bachelor’s degree is about much more than just getting a raise or checking off a box – a BSN can open new doors. Here are just three ways a BSN degree can advance your career.
You’ll be able to take on leadership roles.
Hospitals and care facilities don’t just look for experience when considering a leader – they want someone who understands the foundations of strong leadership, team building, and communication. With a BSN degree from UP, you’ll learn how to be a leader in your field through our targeted curriculum.
Your job opportunities will grow exponentially.
Let’s not sugarcoat things; while nursing can be a rewarding career, the long hours and high-stress environment can lead to burnout. While some people love the rush, others may seek alternative jobs in the nursing field as they progress. With a BSN degree, you will learn transferable skills you can take with you into several exciting careers. Check out these four alternative fields for BSN recipients1.
- Pharmaceutical RN
- Nurse Informaticist
- Nurse Case Manager
- Nurse Administrator
You’ll be able to start an advanced degree in nursing.
With a BSN, you’ll be in a perfect position to pursue an advanced degree in nursing. Earning a master’s in nursing is a great way to explore additional career options, achieve leadership positions or transition into another healthcare role. A BSN degree can prepare you to become a nurse practitioner, nurse educator, or clinical nurse specialist. No matter your dreams in nursing, a BSN will help you get there.