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Working women who are pursuing degrees as Registered Nurses or Bachelors of Science in Nursing should consider accredited online RN to BSN programs in order to get their careers moving quickly in the right direction without having to spend an excessive amount of money. Online degrees often offer the same level of education, immersion, and competitive job opportunities as traditional campus learning environments and for a fraction of the price and time. For example, institutions such as Western Governors University and American Sentinel University offer cheap accredited online programs for aspiring health professionals. Working nurses can expand their education and career prospects without spending their entire paycheck and they can often complete these degrees in under two years without having to sacrifice other job opportunities or location-specific benefits.
An RN degree prepares nurses to care for patients in a variety of settings and is often pursued with the expectation of completing post-secondary training, such as a BSN online program, afterwards. A BSN Degree often takes four years to complete (although many online programs allow students to complete the degree in just two years), and includes a variety of liberal arts coursework and training for state licensing exams. A BSN is an advanced degree compared to an RN. Both of these degrees help to prepare medical practitioners for careers that specialize in acute care, enterostomal and palliative therapy, geriatric and pediatric care, nurse management, administrative duties and a variety of other tasks.
Your decision to pursue a certain nursing degree should take into consideration what level and style of career you see yourself in, how much money you can afford to spend acquiring the degree, and many other factors that only the individual can answer. You should also take into account that a great many Registered Nurses are returning to school in order to earn their BSN degrees in compliance with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), which recently stated that the BSN degree should be fixed as the standard minimum education for practicing nurses.
One thing is for certain, for working class women for whom money is an issue online degrees are probably the way to go for acquiring an RN or BSN degree. They offer inexpensive and flexible approaches to the completion of coursework and allow many employed nurses (both ones working in the nursing profession and ones working in other related or unrelated fields) to continue earning paychecks while pursuing their degrees. Many of these online degrees can be completed in just 12 months and don’t require residency in the state to which the school belongs. This can be an absolutely critical detail for someone who can’t afford to move to a new state. As mentioned above, Western Governors University and the American Sentinel University both offer stellar online programs in these fields. So too do the Anna Maria College, Chamberlain College of Nursing, the Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences, and dozens of other schools around the country.
Many nurses with an RN degree can expect to earn an annual salary of $50,000, while registered nurses with a BSN degree can earn up to $75,000 a year. The average salary for these professions is between $45,000-$75,000. These ranges are of course commensurate with experience and location, fluctuating highly between urban and rural cities. Any aspiring health care professional or medical practitioner would be wise to consider this route when planning for the future. An RN to BSN degree path offers a wide variety of job options, while equipping the student with cutting edge tools and diagnostic stills that will prepare them for a changing health care industry and evolving administrative duties.