Should you go to nursing school?
Is the job market over saturated with Registered Nurses? Is the pay I will earn as a nurse worth the time and money it will take to earn a college degree or certification? What level of nurse should I pursue? Should I plan to go to graduate school?
These are among the many questions you have no doubt asked yourself if you have considered nursing as a career path. Becoming a nurse may seem like an arduous journey best suited for those that tackle it soon after graduating High School or with very few difficulties to manage. If being a nurse, or for that matter any career goal you may have that requires college, if it is what your heart truly wants, then disregard the plethora of “what ifs and how” you have asked yourself. Those questions do not merit the reply that you imagine they do. They are simply answered when you place one foot in front of the other with purpose in the direction you want to journey.
So then, what does being a nurse mean?
In short, nursing is an altruistic path. When you choose nursing, you willingly select a career to spend your life helping, others. You blend scientific knowledge, compassion and caring on a daily basis to provide care to your patients. Registered nurses constitute the largest health care occupation.
Is the job market over saturated with RN's?
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that healthcare accounted for one out of every five new jobs created in 2012. The BLS reported that registered nurse (RN) is a fast-growing occupation with an increase of 16% projected through 2024.
How much on average do Registered Nurses earn in the U.S.?
The U.S. Average Registered Nurse (RN) Salary is $67,930. In the United States the average annual salary for a RN is currently $67,930 which breaks down as an average of $32.66 per hour, $1,306 per week and a monthly salary of $5,660 (nursesalaryguide.net/nurses-rn-salary).
What is your nursing goal?
Because there are two paths to become an RN, decide which best fits your needs. You can earn an Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) in as few as 18–24 months at a career-focused college, saving you time and money. You may eventually have to go back to school to acquire a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree (BSN) as a result of most nurses mandated to have a BSN by 2020. This can be accomplished either by initially seeking a four year BSN degree or earning it after the ADN which is available online and can be completed in as few as 18-24 months.
The good news is both of these degrees lead to a career as an RN. Neither is necessarily better or worse than the other--simply depends on what’s best for you!
Nursing school has been accomplished by many non traditional students, myself included. Between working, kids and general life events, going back to school does not have to be yet another obstacle.
College is a big commitment and nursing school is no exception, however when you sort out the important details such as tuition, credits, schedules and length of time to graduate, then it becomes a choice that you can feel confident and sure about.
One thing to keep in mind is nursing is a profession with a plethora of opportunities, so you can always go back to school to advance your career even more. Some nurses seek to further their career with Graduate studies in Family Practice (FNP), Physician Assistant (PA) or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Yet another factor that makes a career in nursing a good choice for so many people with varying backgrounds. It really is a path that you can take in steps and end up with as lucrative a career as you work toward.