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BSN Career Outlook: Jobs, Careers, and Salaries

Embrace a World of Opportunity

Advance into leadership, change your specialty, or transition into a different healthcare setting with Saint Mary's online RN to BSN completion program.

A growing emphasis on preventive care, the spread of chronic conditions, and the demand for healthcare services from an aging population are all contributing to the growth in nursing opportunities, and that's only the beginning. Job opportunities in nursing are projected to increase 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, nearly double the average rate for all occupations, with a median pay of $71,730 in 2018.1

BSN Career Paths

Saint Mary's online RN to BSN completion program gives you the skills and expertise to take the next step in your career. Whether that means a new specialty or a leadership position, this program provides you with a variety of BSN career options.

RN-BSN JOBS

MEDIAN INCOME

Registered Nurse

$71,7301

Pediatric Nurse

$69,2702

Nurse Manager

$84,8663

Unit Manager

$66,1494

Charge Nurse

$73,2185

Prepare for the Future of Nursing

The future of healthcare will rely on nurses with the education to thrive in a health system characterized by growing complexity and an increasing demand for care. A BSN is increasingly becoming a requirement for work in many environments, including Magnet hospitals, the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Veterans Administration and the U.S. Public Health Service.6

Accelerate Your Path to Graduate Education

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program at Saint Mary's can also prepare students for further study to become an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN).* According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, APRN roles such as nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners earned median pay of $113,930 per year in 2018 with job opportunities in these areas expected to explode by 26 percent from 2018 to 2028.7

Program Outcomes

Graduate from the Saint Mary's RN to BSN completion program ready to:

  • Administer federal, state, and institutional healthcare policy and regulatory systems to advance safe patient care
  • Integrate scientific and outcome-based evidence into your nursing practice
  • Employ information management and patient-care technology to improve care
  • Use critical thinking to integrate quality assurance, resource allocation, and financial management policies into professional nursing practice
  • Apply health-promotion and wellness principles to diverse individuals, groups, and communities as identified through community health assessment techniques
  • Uphold the values of integrity, autonomy, human dignity, and social justice into all aspects of your nursing practice
  • Collaborate and communicate effectively with patients, families, and interdisciplinary teams for optimal healthcare efficiency and patient care
  • Bring nursing processes, knowledge, and skills to changing population demographics, healthcare economics, and service delivery across the lifespan and healthcare continuum

Learn more about program outcomes here.

*APRN licensing requirements vary by state. It is the responsibility of individual students to verify requirements with their state’s board of nursing. 

Sources:

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm.

2Glassdoor, Pediatric RN Salaries. Retrieved from https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/pediatric-rn-salary-SRCH_KO0,12.htm.

3Payscale, Average Nursing Manager Salary. Retrieved from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Nursing_Manager/Salary.

4Glassdoor, RN Unit Manager Salaries. Retrieved from https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/unit-manager-rn-salary-SRCH_KO0,15.htm.

5Payscale, Average Charge Nurse (RN) Hourly Pay. Retrieved from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Charge_Nurse_(RN)/Hourly_Rate.

6RN-to-BSN FAQs. Retrieved from https://www.rntobsn.org/faq/.

7Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nurse-anesthetists-nurse-midwives-and-nurse-practitioners.htm.

6Payscale, Average Charge Nurse (RN) Hourly Pay. Retrieved from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Charge_Nurse_(RN)/Hourly_Rate.

7RN-to-BSN FAQs. Retrieved from https://www.rntobsn.org/faq/.

8Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nurse-anesthetists-nurse-midwives-and-nurse-practitioners.htm.