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Three Reasons to Consider a Degree in Nursing

andrea Written by andrea on June 29th, 2012

Masters, University of Nebraska; Former College Career Counselor

 1.      Higher income – Nurses earn higher income in relation to most other occupations with similar and even more training. The median income (half of the nurses employed earn less than this and half earn more than this) is $64,690 annually or $31.10 per hour.


2.   Occupation growing faster – Nursing as an occupation is predicted to grow faster than most other occupations with a 26% growth in job openings until 2020. There will be a continuing demand for licensed registered nurses. Because of unmet demand, employers may offer “family-friendly” work schedules and other incentives like signing bonuses in areas where there is an unmet need for licensed registered nurses.


3.    Highly respected career - To become a Registered Nurse (RN), a student must earn an Associate in Science Degree in Nursing (ADN) from an approved nursing program consisting of approximately twenty courses over a period of two to three years. After graduating from the ADN, the graduate must pass a national test , National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses® (NCLEX-RN®), to become licensed to work as an entry-level staff nurse. Few other occupations demand the respect and pay of an RN.


Be mindful not to confuse a Diploma in Practical Nursing (PN) or Practical Vocational Nursing (PVN) with an RN. These diploma programs are shorter in length, two years on average. The PN and PVN programs allow a graduate to enter the nursing field with a head start in becoming an RN .


Note: Before pursuing any of the Nursing programs, consider that even the entry-level careers in the healthcare field require meeting criminal background checks and personal health standards. Further, a person is wise to know him or her self well; meaning that one’s temperament is a good match with the work responsibilities required in caring for others with health issues.

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