If you choose a career in professional nursing, you will find that every day will bring intellectual challenge and opportunities to directly impact health outcomes through caring and advocacy. You will work with individuals, families, groups and whole communities to improve their level of health care. Successful completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is one requirement needed to take the NCLEX-RN and become a licensed Registered Nurse (RN). RNs with a BSN are in high demand.
In nursing, learning takes place in the classroom, in the simulation lab, and in real-life clinical settings. In your journey toward a BSN, you will learn about nursing in the areas of Mental Health, Medical-Surgical, Pediatrics, Maternal-Newborn, and Community Health. You will also learn the basics of research, writing, and the role of a professional nurse.
While pursuing a BSN, you may become involved in the National Student Nurses Association, where you can begin expressing yourself as a professional through leadership and service opportunities.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of RNs is expected to grow at a much faster rate than other occupations. Nursing provides many career opportunities and advancement through higher degrees. Upon completion of the BSN and successfully becoming a licensed RN you may find work in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, long-term care facilities, community health nursing, and home care. Other nursing roles include teaching, case management, working in healthcare research studies, and in the insurance industry. After completing a BSN you may choose to earn higher degrees toward a Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Midwife, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Nurse Anesthetist, or earn your Master’s or Doctoral degree in Nursing.