Nurses with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing can Earn Top Salaries
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With a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, You'll Do Well by Doing Good

By Jane Greer
Published on December 7, 2009.


With a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, You'll Do Well by Doing Good

Nursing is a critically important profession, full of advancement opportunities. The large generation of baby boomers is aging and people are living longer, so the demand for healthcare continues to grow. As a nurse, you can enjoy the benefits of a rewarding career, knowing you are helping others all day long.

It usually takes one year to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) with an associate degree and four years to become a registered nurse (RN) with a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN). If you're interested in nursing administration, clinical research, or college-level teaching, a BSN is a necessity. And to specialize as a particular kind of nurse -- for instance, as a nurse anesthetist or nurse midwife -- you'll need to complete graduate studies. Because the demand for nurses with a bachelor's degree is greater than the supply, many states may even help pay for your nursing degree in exchange for your promise to work in the state for a number of years.

Nursing studies leading to a BSN include courses in the human body, such as anatomy and physiology, other science courses, such as microbiology and chemistry, courses in nutrition and psychology, and training in nursing itself. All nursing degrees require clinical experience in a hospital, clinic, nursing home, or public health department.

Nurse salaries vary greatly by level, specialty, state, and employer, but according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual earnings of RNs in 2008 were $62,450, and the highest-paid 10 percent of RNs earned more than $92,240. Earning a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing can significantly increase your earning potential.


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Jane Greer is a freelance writer and editor and is also brave enough to teach English grammar at a community college.
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