Nursing Career Resources

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Nurses are always in demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over two million people hold some form of nursing licensure  The Department of Labor lists Registered Nursing as a top occupation for job growth through at least the next decade. Unlike many other professions, the great thing about nursing is the variety of work settings available. For instance, if you find that emergency room nursing isn't for you, no worries! You have many other options to choose from like pediatrics, doctor’s offices, clinics, home health…the list goes on and on. Nurses are there when a baby takes its first breath and when an elderly patient takes his last. No other profession offers so much diversity and opportunity. As a nurse, you can make a difference in everyone’s life you touch including your own.

Once you become a nurse, you will have endless opportunities. You could work in an emergency room or the justice system as a legal nurse consultant. You can work as a researcher, an educator, a writer, or work as a surgical nurse. The possibilities are practically endless and because there is a nationwide shortage of nurses, you will be able to find a job anywhere you choose to live.

Entry Level Careers

  • Certified Nurse Assistant
    Certified Nurse Assistant

    Median Salary: $24,000

    Education: 120 hours (about two weeks)

    Licensure: Not required (certificate only)

  • Licensed Practical Nurse
    Licensed Practical Nurse

    Median Salary: $40,000

    Education: About 1 year, non-degree

    Licensure: LPN (after passing NCLEX-PN)

  • Registered Nurse
    Registered Nurse

    Median Salary: $75,000

    Education: ADN (2-3 years), BSN (4-5 years)

    Licensure: RN (after passing NCLEX-RN)

Advance Practice Nursing

  • Nurse Practitioner
    Nurse Practitioner

    Median Salary: $95,000

    Education: RN with a BSN degree & MSN/PhD with nurse practitioner major

    Licensure: APRN & AANPCP certification

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
    Clinical Nurse Specialist

    Median Salary: $93,000

    Education: RN with a BSN degree & MSN/PhD with clinical nurse specialist major

    Licensure: APRN

  • Certified Nurse-Midwife
    Certified Nurse-Midwife

    Median Salary: $94,000

    Education: RN with a BSN degree & MSN/PhD with nurse midwifery major

    Licensure: APRN & AMCB certification

  • Nurse Anesthetist
    Nurse Anesthetist

    Median Salary: $160,000

    Education: RN with a BSN degree & MSN/PhD with CRNA major

    Licensure: APRN & NBCRNA certification

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