Outlook for Nursing Jobs and Careers
The nursing profession is expected to see some of the most aggressive job growth in the nation during the next several years, but this growth can have negative career consequences for existing nurses without a bachelor’s degree.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects overall employment among registered nurses to grow by 19 percent through 2022, faster than the average for all jobs. Job growth will vary based on the specific health care industry. Nurses in traditional public and private hospitals will see a still-robust 17 percent increase in hiring, while the BLS expects even greater growth at nursing care facilities and in the area of home health care.
Despite their tenure and years of accumulated experience, nurses without a bachelor’s degree may risk being overlooked for advancement. At the same time, this explosive workforce growth will create the need for many more nurses with leadership and management skills. Many hospitals and health care centers already require a bachelor’s degree for leadership positions, and that trend will likely grow stronger as bachelor’s degrees become more common among direct-care nurses. In fact, it may soon be a requirement to practice nursing in the United States. A report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recommended that 80% of nurses have a BSN or higher by 20201. As more hospitals and health facilities adopt the IOM’s guidelines for the future of nursing, it’s becoming increasingly necessary for RNs to earn their BSN.
The online nursing degree from Saint Peter's will not only provide you with the credentials to keep pace with this rapidly expanding workforce, but the online RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum is specifically built to provide working nurses with the management and leadership skills that can create opportunities for advancement. Graduates will also have a deep understanding of contemporary trends and issues in nursing, which employers often look for when filling management and leadership positions.
Graduates of Saint Peter’s BS in Nursing (BSN) program will be prepared for a number of different entry-level and leadership positions within a variety of settings, including:
- Nursing homes
- Home health care
- Rehabilitation centers
- Health departments
- Public/private schools
- Research labs
In addition to more opportunities and greater job security, Saint Peter’s online BSN degree can also significantly increase your earning potential. Although RN salaries are very generous with an associate’s degree or nursing certificate, you stand to make a lot more money with a BS in Nursing degree. Data from PayScale.com reveals that the average BSN nurse salary is between $58,431 and $81,537, significantly higher than the median RN salary of $39,100.
To learn more about career opportunities for nurses with a bachelor’s degree from Saint Peter's, call an admissions advisor at (877) 497-5857 or request more information.