Overall employment of registered nurses (RNs) is projected to grow 16% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the national average for all occupations (7%).

As an RN, you already are making a difference in the lives of patients and the health of your community. When you earn your BSN, you acquire additional skills in leadership, case management, and health promotion. You also increase your ability to practice in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings, including:

  • Staff nurse in a hospital specialty unit
  • Department manager
  • Head nurse
  • Administrative positions in nursing homes, hospice care settings, and insurance companies

Many employers and leadership groups recognize the unique value that baccalaureate-prepared nurses bring to the practice setting, including:

  • Community settings
  • Federal agencies
  • Military leaders
  • Leading nursing organizations
  • Healthcare foundations
  • Magnet hospitals
  • Minority nurse advocacy groups


*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016–2017 Edition, Registered Nurses, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Launches Initiative to Support Academic Progression in Nursing, on the internet at http://www.rwjf.org/en/library/articles-and-news/2012/03/robert-wood-johnson-foundation-launches-initiative-to-support-ac.html.

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