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Nursing Schools: In-Demand Career Preparation

By Wendy Croix

Job Growth in the Nursing Profession

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more new jobs will be created in nursing in the next five years than any other occupation.

If current trends hold true, more than 40 states will experience significant nursing shortages by 2020, according to a report by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

The BLS notes that over a million nurses will be needed by 2012 to fill new positions and replace retirees.

Registered Nursing Programs

When it comes to nursing schools, there are three options: A four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited nursing school is the degree with the greatest job growth potential and flexibility. 

However, students eager to take advantage of the existing job crunch can opt for a two-year Associate in Nursing degree (ASN), get a job, and continue to study for a BSN. 

Employers often give tuition support or reimbursement, for working nurses who choose this nursing school option. A dwindling number of nursing schools, usually those allied with hospitals, offer 3-year registered nursing Diploma programs.

Nursing: A New Career? Or a New Career for You

The bright employment picture for nursing makes it an attractive second career choice. As a result, many nursing schools offer an accelerated BSN degree program for those who have degrees in other fields. 

The accelerated BSN takes from 12 to 18 months to complete, depending on the student's background.  Accelerated master's degrees in nursing are also available.

Licensing

Regardless of the accredited nursing school attended, nurses need to pass the national licensing exam to practice.  They also have to renew their licenses periodically.

Sources
AACN - Media Relations < www. aacn.nche.edu>
The Bureau of Labor Statistics <www.bls.gov>



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