Nursing Education

Industry Description

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Registered Nurses (RN) is expected to grow 19% from 2012-2022, faster than the average for other occupations. The median pay for an RN in 2012 was $65,470 or $31.48/hour ( Retirement of a large number of "baby boomers", chronic disease management, and longer life expectancies are all factors in the ongoing national shortage of nurses. In the future, more focus will be placed on preventive care, patient education, and community management of chronic diseases and nurses are essential in this objective. All associate level RNs are strongly encouraged to pursue further education in nursing to at least the Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) level to provide the most effective evidence-based nursing care in this ever changing healthcare environment.