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What are some benefits of having a BSN?

The country is in need of educated, compassionate and qualified people to become nurses. As the country grows so too does its need for nurses. There are different licenses that nurses hold from LPN to BSN but what are the benefits of continuing forward with your education and earning a nursing bachelors degree? If a person is considering a career in nursing it is probably not only because it is a career they will love, but it is also a career that will reward them financially. In a down economy, everyone can benefit from earning more money and with a degree in nursing a person can do just that.

Each state varies as to the level of income for licensed nurses with a nursing bachelor's degree. A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is always a great place to start a nursing career and they can make very good money. It only takes about a year’s worth of education to start working as an LPN. The amount earned not only depends on the state, but also the area of the state as well as the facility they work in. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, in 2008 the median annual income for LPN’s working in home health care was $39,510. Depending on which area the nurses worked, this median income was higher and lower.

A Registered Nurse (RN) license can take about two years for an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN). As with any entry level position a nurse starts at the bottom and with hard work, dedication and good performance they can move up to management positions. The income level for nurses also varies depending on state, area of the state, and the facility they work in. The Occupational Outlook Handbook states that in 2008 RN’s working in offices of physicians had a median annual income of $59, 210. This is great money but by obtaining a nursing bachelors degree a person can average an even higher income.

A nursing bachelor's degree takes about four years of education. By obtaining this degree, a nurse can work as a case manager, a genetics nurse, a hematology nurse, or nurse administrator. A Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) can open many more opportunities for nurses. By taking this extra step, they can also earn around $20,000 more than a nurse that holds an ADN. Earning a BSN also opens doors for higher levels of nursing licensure that can prove to be even more financially rewarding.