Benefits to Earning a BSN and Becoming an RN
There will always be a demand for nurses, so when choosing this profession, you know that you will always be able to find a job.
Job Opportunities for Registered Nurses
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for registered nurses is expected to increase by 19% between 2012 and 2022. In addition, as stated above, there will always be a need for jobs within the healthcare community. Another great aspect about nursing is that there are many specialties within the field. As an RN, if you decide one day you would like to try a different specialty, the opportunity will most likely be a transition that you can make happen.
Flexible Schedules for Registered Nurses
Many people have daily commitments and family obligations, which makes having a standard 9-5 job difficult. For RN’s who work in hospitals, schedules tend to be 3 days/nights a week 12-hour shifts, giving them the rest of the week to tend to other important duties. But, if you’re someone who likes a traditional 9-5, working in an office can offer that to you. Also, if you are in a hospital setting and you need to change your shift, most times you can switch with another nurse, or speak with your supervisor and he/she can try to accommodate you.
Salary for Registered Nurses
A registered nurse with a BSN in the United States makes $51,000 a year as an entry level nurse. As you gain more experience, your salary will increase. If money is important to you, another way to increase your salary within the nursing career is to continue your education. Some of the highest paying nursing specialties include certified registered nurse anesthetist ($135,000), nurse researcher ($95,000), psychiatric nurse practitioner ($95,000), and certified nurse midwife ($84,000).
Job Satisfaction for Registered Nurses
For many people, they become nurses to help others. When a student beginning the BSN program was asked about the choice of profession, the student said, “I can finally help people and be there in someone’s most dire time of need, especially people who don’t have families or anyone there to just physically be with them.” For many people, being a nurse is about making a difference in someone else’s life. And in turn, those people make a difference in the nurse’s life as well.