It used to be that you chose a career and stuck with it for life, even if you didn’t particularly love what you did. Fortunately, times have changed, and today more and more people are finding a renewed sense of purpose in new careers — some much later in life. So whether you’re fresh out of school and second-guessing your major, have been in the workforce awhile and want something new, or are a veteran looking to transfer your skills to a civilian career, it’s never too late to go back to school to learn new skills.
If it’s meaningful work you’re seeking — the kind that lets you make a difference in people’s lives — one great option is nursing as a second career. Not only is it exciting, high-demand work; if you’re willing to put in the effort, it’s possible to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in less than 18 months.
Today, we’ll be discussing why nursing is so in-demand right now, the traits of a great nurse, and considerations for enrolling in an accelerated nursing program.
We already mentioned that there’s a need for more nurses, but let’s take a closer look at why and what this means for the profession.
Over the years, the United States has experienced nursing shortages for various reasons. In the past, low pay, long hours, increased access to healthcare, and wartime demands for nurses overseas all contributed to shortages. Today, nursing pays quite well, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting a national median income of $70,000 per year — of course, some states pay much more. For example, nurses make an average of $84,890 a year in Nevada and $102,700 in neighboring California. Moreover, thanks to increasing regulations over the years, nurses are generally very well compensated for putting in extra hours — if they choose to work overtime.
As with past nursing shortages, increased demand for services factors heavily into the current shortage — the result of both an aging Baby Boomer generation that is moving into retirement and more Americans having medical insurance than ever before. However, there’s another reason demand for healthcare services keeps growing — an increasing prevalence of chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
Because of all this, many nursing schools are at capacity, leading them to look for new ways to address a nursing shortage expected to persist through at least 2030. Enter Accelerated BSN (ABSN) programs like what we offer at Roseman University. Such programs work by giving you credit for past college experience so that you can begin your nursing coursework as soon as you meet the prerequisite requirements.
Blending online coursework with in-person labs and clinicals, our ABSN program allows you to earn a nursing degree from an accredited school known for producing top-quality nurses in less than 18 months. Not only can you graduate in less time, with three program starts a year and two campus locations — near Las Vegas, Nevada, and Salt Lake City, Utah — you can also begin your nursing journey sooner. And since we mentioned veterans, it’s worth noting that we also offer a Veteran to BSN (VBSN) pathway for those men and women who have served our country.
Nursing makes for a rewarding career with abundant opportunities, but before enrolling in nursing school, you want to know that nursing is a good fit for you. You should also consider whether an accelerated nursing program is the best path for you.
Consider whether these eight traits resonate with you.
An accelerated nursing program is a significant commitment. Here are three questions you should ask yourself before applying to an accelerated program.
Hopefully, this blog has helped reassure you that you have what it takes to become a great nurse.
Ready to pursue nursing as a second career? Contact us today, or fill out the form to have an admissions advisor reach out to you, to find out if our ABSN program is a good fit for you.