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Nursing is one of medicine’s most demanding fields, but it is full of career satisfaction and knowledge that few other jobs can offer. In addition, demand for nurses is at an all time high. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the amount of required Nurses will increase by 26% in the next 10 years, 12% above the national average.
Becoming a Nurse
Becoming a Nurse requires, at the minimum, an Associate’s Degree in Nursing or similar education to become a Registered Nurse. Other degrees include an Accelerated BSN for those who already hold degrees in other fields, a regular BSN which is 4 years instead of the two in a typical Accelerated BSN. If you already hold a Bachelor’s Degree, you may be interested in pursuing a Direct Entry MSN, which allows you to pursue a Master’s and become a nurse at the same time.
A Word about Accreditation
Before you select a Nursing program that is right for you, it’s important that your program be accredited. At the minimum, it should be accredited on a state level. Check with your local state licensing board for more information. You can also check with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
There are two main accrediting agencies in the US for nurses:
Because of the high demand, Nurses can make between $50,000 – $70,000 a year depending on experience, location, specialization and other factors.
Nursing Continuing Education
Once you become a nurse it’s critical that you continue your education, either online or off. We have a complete section devoted to Online Nursing Programs that may interest you.
Offline programs are also highly recommended.
If you are already a Licensed Nurse Practitioner, you should learn about LPN to RN programs available to you. If you have completed your RN but don’t yet have a bachelor’s degree, then RSN to BN programs are for you.
Finally, once you become interested in graduated education, we highly suggest reading more about pursuing a Master’s Degree in Nursing, which will enable you to pursue the subject. Additionally, you may become interested in a PhD in nursing.