Making the transition from military to civilian can be scary. However, if you are armed with a degree that can take you and your career places, then you’ll do great! One of those degree programs is a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Here’s why student veterans and military spouses are currently flocking to BSN degrees…
Why Veterans Are Getting A Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree
- The Salary
- Job Opportunities
- Room For Growth
- Well-Rounded Curriculum.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) holders generally make more money than those that hold an RN diploma or a 2 year associate’s degree. Furthermore, a BSN is essential if you want to opt out of basic clinical care.
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In order to grow and progress in a nursing career you’ll need to enroll in a graduate nursing program such as:
- nurse practitioner
- nurse midwife
- nurse anesthetist
- clinical nurse specialist
All of these graduate programs require a BSN first. BSN curriculum makes students well-rounded nurses teaching them more than just clinical skills. Students learn communication, critical thinking and leadership skills.
The four aforementioned reasons for why a BSN degree is so hot right now are reason enough for us! When veterans separate from the military, the uncertainty of where your next paycheck is going to come from can be overwhelming. However, when you have a BSN degree, you can rest assured that there will always be a need for your services and therefore there will always be a job for you.
Types of Nursing Jobs
There are many different entry level nursing services:
- Clinical Nurse
- Neonatal Nurse
- Critical Care Nurse
- Dialysis Nurse
- Informatics Nurse
- Nurse Advocate
- Psychiatric Nurse
- Trauma Nurse
- Travel Nurse
- Pediatric Nurse
- Geriatric Nurse
- Public Health Nurse
Students need to choose which service they want to go prior to graduation so they can apply directly to that specific service for employment. Most nursing students find out while doing rotations which area of nursing they want to apply to immediately after graduation. Take this quick test to get an idea of what you’d be best matched for.
Entry level registered nurses can expect to make an annual salary of $60,000. Once you have experience and specialize further, this number will only go up. Furthermore, most BSN positions are salaried with bull benefits. Therefore, you and your family will have retirement options and healthcare included in your benefits package. (Score!)
A Day In The Life of A Nurse
Registered nurses can often be found working five days of 8 hour shifts, four days of 10 hour shifts, or three days of 12 hour shifts, per week. This is a very attractive lifestyle because you can really have a lot of free time if you want!
A day in the life of a nurse varies greatly depending on what service you are on, and the weekly schedule you have built for yourself.