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Second-Degree Nursing Careers

The need for nurses in the U.S. is rapidly increasing, and the demand for BSN-prepared nurses is even stronger. According to the American Nurses Credentialing Center, there were three million nurses in 2019. With a staggering one million nurses expected to retire by 2030, the opportunity for job growth is substantial. 

Job Growth

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes that the employment of registered nurses (RNs) is projected to increase by 9% from 2020 to 2030.

Salary Potential

Another reason why people are switching their careers to nursing is an increase in pay. The median annual wage for RNs is $75,330 (BLS, May 2020).

Work Environment

Registered nurses can work in a variety of care environments. The largest employers of RNs are as follows:

  • %
    Hospitals; state, local, and private
  • %
    Ambulatory health care services
  • %
    Nursing and residential care facilities
  • %
    Government
  • %
    Educational services; state, local, and private

Ambulatory health care services include industries such as physicians’ offices, home health care, and outpatient care centers. Nurses who work in home health travel to patients’ homes, while public health nurses may travel to community centers, schools, and other sites. Some nurses travel frequently in the U.S. and globally to care for patients in places where there are not enough health care workers (BLS, May 2020).

Professional Associations for Nurses

The following professional association may provide useful career resources and continuing education opportunities for our registered nursing students and graduates.

Nurse Practitioner Careers

According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, there are more than 325,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) in the United States. However, due to health care professional shortages and an aging population, there is an urgent need for more NPs in primary care.

The Many Benefits

Whether you pursue a career in family practice or adult-gerontology primary care, becoming a nurse practitioner can fulfill your passion for service and compassionate care. Other benefits include the following: 

  • Increased salary and career opportunities
  • Better work/life balance with a more traditional work schedule
  • New level of independence and leadership
  • Versatility to work in a wide range of care environments

Whichever path you select, you’ll be preparing for one of the fastest-growing professions in the country while meeting the surging demand for providers in primary care settings.

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    #3 Best Jobs
    U.S. News & World Report 100 Best Jobs
  • $111K Median Salary
    $111K Median Salary
    Nurse practitioner salary, BLS
  • 52% Job Growth
    52% Job Growth
    Projected job growth by 2030, BLS

 

Nurse Educator Careers 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 22% growth over the next ten years for nursing educators in academia as well as for clinical nurse educators. To keep pace with the evolving health care landscape, many nurse educators rely on professional associations to keep them up to date on the most recent trends and policies, and to network with like-minded professionals. 

Professional Associations for Nurse Educators

Nursing and Health Systems Leadership Careers 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 32% growth over the next ten years for medical and health service leadership roles. To keep pace with the evolving health care landscape, many nurse leaders rely on professional associations to keep them up to date on the most recent trends and policies, and to network with like-minded professionals. 

Professional Associations for Nursing and Health Systems Leadership

Doctor of Nursing Practice Careers 

Many Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) professionals connect with national and state organizations to find continuing education and professional development opportunities; stay up-to-date on current trends in practice and legislative changes; become part of the collective voice for state and federal advocacy issues; connect with peers and engage in networking opportunities; and access research tools, statistics, publications, positions statements, and other professional resources.

Professional Associations for DNP Nurses in Direct Clinical Roles

Professional Associations for DNP Nurses in Non-Clinical Roles