If you’ve been keeping up with the latest healthcare news, you know the nursing profession is continually making headlines. From the nationwide shortage, to fast employment growth, to career diversity, nursing is definitely a topic worth talking about. In this post, we’ll cover all the different types of BSN career options available today.
When you enter the nursing profession with a BSN degree, you can practice in a wide variety of inpatient and outpatient settings as well as pursue certification in any number of specialty areas.
Bedside Nursing Careers
Bedside nursing is essentially ground zero for patient care. These nurses are on the frontline of direct patient care, working in settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities.
In the most basic sense, bedside nurses are responsible for:
- Performing patient assessments
- Taking and recording patient vital signs
- Dispensing patient medications
- Addressing the physical and emotional needs of patients
- Preparing patients for surgery and other procedures
- Assisting patients with daily living activities
- Interpreting information for patients and family members
- Being the liaison between patients and physicians
- Educating patients on follow-through care
Bedside nurses with BSN degrees can also pursue certification in specific areas of practice, such as:
- Cardiac care, a nurse who cares for patients with heart disease and other heart conditions.
- Emergency care, a nurse who cares for patients suffering from minor injuries and major traumas.
- Hematology care, a nurse who cares for patients with blood disorders or blood diseases.
- Labor and delivery care, a nurse who cares for women and babies at all stages of childbirth.
- Nephrology care, a nurse who cares for patients with kidney disease or abnormal kidney function.
- Oncology care, a nurse who cares for patients who have or are at risk for cancer.
- Pediatric care, a nurse who cares for a variety of patients under the age of 18.
- Transplant care, a nurse who cares for patients donating or receiving an organ.
Alternative Nursing Careers
Nurses with BSN degrees have plenty of career options outside of the traditional hospital setting. For instance, direct patient care is needed on/at:
- Correctional facilities
- Cruise ships
- Military bases
- Public health offices
Alternative nursing careers can also be those that don’t involve direct patient care at all. These job titles, which often require education or training outside of a BSN, include:
- Informatics nurse, a nurse who develops communication and information technologies.
- Legal nurse consultant, a nurse who works as a medical expert in legal cases.
- Nurse attorney, a nurse who represents medical professionals in court.
- Nurse entrepreneur, a nurse who starts his/her own healthcare business venture.
- Nurse writer, a nurse who writes articles, educational materials, and Hollywood scripts.
Advanced Practice Careers
A registered nurse with a BSN can choose to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing and a post-master’s certificate in an advanced practice role, such as:
- Clinical nurse manager, an advanced practice nurse who directs and supervises nursing staff.
- Clinical nurse specialist, an advanced practice RN who brings leadership to practice settings.
- Nurse anesthetist, an advanced practice RN who delivers anesthesia to patients.
- Nurse practitioner, an advanced practice RN who can examine and treat patients. Keep in mind, every state has different rules that determine the scope of practice for nurse practitioners.
Why a BSN Is Important
You’ll find that a BSN in today’s complex healthcare system is worth its weight in gold. Registered nurses with a BSN:
Healthcare employers prefer to hire registered nurses with a BSN degree or higher, especially hospitals pursuing Magnet status. Not to mention, a lot of hospitals are requiring their associate degree nurses to go back to school and earn a BSN within a certain timeframe.
A growing body of evidence shows that the more registered nurses with BSNs a healthcare facility employs, the better the patient outcomes and the lower the mortality rates.
Because BSN programs involve courses on management, leadership, and public health, registered nurses with this level of education can effectively advocate for their patients and profession.
Registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree typically start their careers earning more than those at the associate level. From a nationwide perspective, PayScale.com shows that a registered nurse with an ADN and less than one year of experience has a median salary of $57,000, whereas a registered nurse with a BSN at the same experience level earns a median salary of $70,500.
How to Accelerate Your Nursing Career
If you have a confirmed non-nursing bachelor’s degree or a minimum of 60 credits with a cumulative 3.0 GPA for all undergraduate coursework, you may qualify for our Accelerated Bachelor of Science (ABSN) in Nursing program in New Jersey. It’s always best to speak with one of our admissions counselors to know for sure. Your admissions counselor will make sure you’re a good fit for our ABSN program and vice versa. He or she can also explain what it takes to be successful in the program.
When you apply to the School of Nursing at Felician University, you can choose to accelerate your nursing education by way of our Hybrid ABSN program or On-Ground ABSN program. Here’s a quick comparison of these ABSN options.
|Hybrid ABSN Program||On-Ground ABSN Program|
|Location||Parsippany, New Jersey||Rutherford, New Jersey|
|Time Frame||16 months||19 months|
|Nursing Labs||ABSN learning site||Main campus|
|Clinical Rotations||Local healthcare providers||Local healthcare providers|
|Start Dates||January, May, August||March|
No matter the program option you choose, you can expect to:
- Receive an accredited nursing education from a respected university with award-winning and nationally recognized programs.
- Learn how to provide competent, compassionate care to diverse patient populations.
- Develop your nursing skills and clinical judgment in a state-of-the-art learning facility.
- Gain real-world clinical experience in diverse areas of patient care.
- Graduate prepared to sit for the NCLEX-RN® exam with confidence.
- Enter the workforce as a practice-ready nurse.
Ready to Get Started on Your BSN?
If you’re ready to take advantage of all the career options a BSN provides, contact our admissions team today. Be prepared to speak with a dedicated ABSN counselor who is more than willing to help you set your nursing education in motion.