Nursing Career Resource Center
- What are the benefits of becoming a nurse?
- How can I enter into nursing field?
- Which path of entry is right for me?
- How can I take my nursing career to the next level?
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
Median Salary: $24,000
Education: 120 hours (about two weeks)
Licensure: Not licensed
Median Salary: $40,000
Education: About 1 year, non-degree
Licensure: LPN (after passing NCLEX-PN)
Median Salary: $75,000
Education: ADN (2-3 years), BSN (4-5 years)
Licensure: RN (after passing NCLEX-RN)
Advance Practice Nursing
Median Salary: $95,000
Education: RN with a BSN degree & MSN/PhD with nurse practitioner major
Licensure: APRN & AANPCP certification
Median Salary: $93,000
Education: RN with a BSN degree & MSN/PhD with clinical nurse specialist major
Median Salary: $94,000
Education: RN with a BSN degree & MSN/PhD with nurse midwifery major
Licensure: APRN & AMCB certification