According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than three million registered nurses are employed in the U.S. The occupation is expected to grow 12% between 2018 and 2028, resulting in roughly 371,000 new jobs. This steady demand is due to an aging baby boomer population and a growing number of patients admitted to outpatient and long-term care facilities. The BLS also notes that competition for nursing jobs has increased and that candidates with at least a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN) have the best employment prospects.
A BSN degree equips registered nurses with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in a range of professional nursing roles. In addition to providing job stability, the degree often leads to higher salaries and more advancement opportunities. RNtoBSN.org consists of professional nurses, educators, writers, and editors committed to assisting current, former, and future students enrolled in RN-to-BSN and standard or accelerated BSN programs.
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Our resident nursing expert is Caroline Porter Thomas, author of "How to Succeed in Nursing School: Before, During and After" and "New Nurse?: How to Get, Keep and LOVE Your First Job!" She also writes and produces instructional videos for her website and YouTube channel, EmpoweRN. Caroline earned her bachelor's of science degree in nursing from Fayetteville State University. She graduated with honors in May 2008.
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