Graduation June 21, 2024 – Guest Speaker Ken West, President & CEO of HCA Florida JFK Hospital

What To Do After Graduation With Your BSN Degree

BSN Graduation

So, you just graduated with your bachelors of science in nursing (BSN) and youre not sure what to do next. Lucky for you, there are plenty of careers available that are looking for someone with your degree.  Students who have graduated with a BSN have a higher chance of being hired by a company. In fact, a registered nurse with a BSN is qualified for above 80% of nursing related jobs.

NCLEX-RN exam After BSN

Once you complete your BSN program, there is a national exam that must be completed called the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN exam).  The purpose of the NCLEX-RN exam is to test your knowledge and to make sure that you’re prepared to begin your career as a nurse.  The NCLEX-RN exam will focus more on critical thinking and will assess how you would react in a variety of nursing situations.  Once you pass the NCLEX-RN exam, you will be qualified for a variety of positions in the nursing field.

Preparing for BSN Career

As you prepare and study for the NCLEX-RN exam, there a few things you may want to do.  First, you will want to start researching different companies that you may be interested in working for.  Start to form a list of potential employers, get to know the companies and start preparing for interviews, polishing your resume.  Throughout this time that you are preparing for the NCLEX-RN exam you may also want to start working as a CNA, if you havent already been doing so throughout nursing school.  This will help you gain some experience, and hopefully give you a foot in the door when you pass your exam. 

After graduation is the time to really decide where you want to go within the field.  Luckily in nursing, there are so many different paths you can take; youre first choice doesn’t have to be your final choice, and this is the perfect time to prepare yourself for your career in nursing.

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