Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN): Career Outlook
Meet the nationwide demand for highly skilled nurses and improve your care.
Join Utica University’s online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) and meet the demand for skilled and educated nurses across the nation. This CCNE-accredited, 100-percent-online program is informed by the field’s most up-to-date knowledge and Utica’s 25-plus years of preparing nurses for success.
- 9% OF NURSING EMPLOYMENT GROWTH PROJECTED 2020–20301
- 10% INCREASE IN HIRING BSN-PREPARED NURSES EQUALS TO A 7% DECREASE IN PATIENT MORTALITY RATES2
- PERCENTAGE OF NURSES WITH A BSN IS AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH3
- >$86,000 AVERAGE SALARY OF BSN-PREPARED NURSES VS. $70,700 FOR ADN-PREPARED NURSES4
On average, BSN-prepared nurses earn $16,000 more than ADN-prepared nurses4 and qualify for up to 88 percent of posted job positions.4 Some of nursing’s highest-paid positions, including nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, and clinical nurse specialist, now require a BSN, as do higher-paying specialties like orthopedic, perioperative, oncology, and neonatal nursing.
Plus, this program goes above and beyond to build your skills in management, communication, decision-making, critical thinking, and more, so you can assume a lead role as you provide superior care.
Higher Education, Better Outcomes
The BSN is now recommended as the minimum for practice by both the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice.
There’s urgency around this degree for a big reason: More highly educated nurses produce better patient outcomes. One study found that when hospitals increase their hiring of BSN-prepared nurses by 10 percent, they see a 7 percent decrease in patient mortality.2
With your BSN, you’ll be a part of this movement toward higher education and future-proof your career if or when a BSN becomes mandatory for practice. Additionally, in 2017, New York passed the BSN in 10 law, which requires all nurses to earn their BSN within 10 years of initial licensure.
CLINICAL NURSE MANAGER
In this high-level, managerial position in nursing, you would direct, organize, and supervise your nursing staff. Clinical nurse managers (also referred to as “head nurses”) are considered middle management and report to either the chief nursing officer or the director of nursing services. This position has a job satisfaction score of 5/5 on Payscale.5
CLINICAL NURSE EDUCATOR
Nursing educators pair their clinical expertise with a passion for teaching. You would help hospital managers and administrators develop continuing education and nurse development programs. To work in this position, RNs typically need to complete a nursing educator program alongside their BSN. This position has a job satisfaction score of 5/5 on Payscale.6
Additional careers for BSN-prepared nurses:
- Registered Nurse Supervisor ($71,702/year)7
- Nursing Director ($89,292/year)7
- Adult Nurse Practitioner ($98,603/year)7
- Clinical Documentation Specialist ($74,241/year)7
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Key Skills Employers Need
- Assimilate theories and concepts from liberal education into generalist nursing practice
- Practice leadership concepts to delivery of high-quality health care
- Incorporate professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct into practice
- Provide safe, competent, entry-level care across the lifespan
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- Registered Nurses. (2022, April 18). Retrieved September 7, 2022, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm
- Building the Case for More Highly Educated Nurses. (2018, April 18). Retrieved July 11, 2018, from https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/articles-and-news/2014/04/building-the-case-for-more-highly-educated-nurses.html
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2019, April). The Impact of Education on Nursing Practice. Retrieved September 7, 2022, from https://www.aacnnursing.org/Portals/42/News/Factsheets/Education-Impact-Fact-Sheet.pdf
- BSN Degree vs RN Differences. Retrieved September 7, 2022 from https://nursejournal.org/bsn-degree/bsn-degree-rn-differences/
- Average Clinical Nurse Manager Salary. (n.d.). Retrieved September 7, 2022, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Clinical_Nurse_Manager/Salary
- Average Clinical Educator Salary. (n.d.). Retrieved September 7, 2022, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Clinical_Educator/Salary
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree. (n.d.). Retrieved December 11, 2018, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Degree=Bachelor_of_Science_in_Nursing_(BSN)/Hourly_Rate