A bachelor's degree in nursing can prepare an aspiring nurse for both clinical and non-clinical positions. There are numerous career options available including emergency room nurse, hospice nurse and manay others. Each career has its own salary statistics, employee outlook and career responsibilities.
Individuals with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) may pursue diverse allied health careers. In addition to general education coursework, BSN programs offer students experience in clinical settings and advanced training in communication, both of which encourage leadership skills and enable graduates to obtain positions as specialized staff nurses, healthcare administrators, consultants and researchers.
|Careers||Clinical Hospital Staff Nurses||Non-Clinical Hospital Staff Nurses||Non-Hospital Nurses|
|Licensure||Nursing license required||Nursing license required||Nursing license required|
|Salary (2016)||$60,846 (registered nurse, emergency room)*||$66,532 (nurse case manager)*||$59,734 (hospice registered nurse)*|
|Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)||16% for all registered nurses**||16% for all registered nurses**||16% for all registered nurses**|
Source: *PayScale.com, **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Clinical Hospital Staff Nurse
Staff nurses typically work in hospitals, clinics and physician offices. Many nurses with a BSN begin their careers in hospital specialty units such as critical care, cardiac care, intensive care, oncology or maternity wards. Job duties include assisting physicians with procedures and examinations, evaluating patients, dispensing medication, implementing treatment plans and documenting care in patient charts. Staff nurses may also supervise other staff, including vocational nurses, medical assistants and unit clerks.
Non-Clinical Hospital Staff Nurse
Hospitals may employ nurses with a BSN for administrative and non-clinical roles. Staff nurses with a BSN and several years of experience may be promoted to mid-level management positions such as department managers and head nurses. They may also have opportunities to pursue administrative and upper-management roles, including nursing chief, health services administrator and clinical staff recruiter.
Several career options exist outside of hospital care for nurses with BSN designations, including administrative positions in nursing homes, hospice care settings, insurance companies and government organizations. Pharmaceutical companies and educational organizations often employ BSN nurses in medical research, training and advisory positions.
BSN Degree Holder Salary Information
Base salary ranges for nurses with a BSN vary greatly and are dependent on several factors, including the industry, company size, geographic location and area of specialization. Employers in certain settings find it difficult to recruit and retain qualified nurses, making the salaries in those areas even more competitive.
According to the BLS, the median yearly wage for registered nurses was $67,490 in 2015 (www.bls.gov). PayScale.com reported that the median wage for registered nurses with a BSN was $58,371 per year in 2015.
Earning a BSN can open up doors for aspiring nurses. Many mistakenly believe that nurses only work in hospitals or doctor's office, but other options include insurance companies, hospice care, education and pharmaceutical companies. So even if you're not interested in working in a hospital but the nursing profession intrigues you, obtaining your BSN could be a good career move for you.