District Of Columbia RN to BSN Programs

Many students try to figure out the distinctions between RN and BSN programs. There is plenty of confusion information on the internet, so the first goal of this article will be to clear up any confusion. First, a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing does not allow you to work as a registered nurse upon graduation. You will need to complete an exam called the NCLEX-RN to earn your registered nursing license. You can take the exam without a BSN, often with a diploma from a vocational school or an associate’s degree as your education, and this is often where the confusion comes from. Why would a student take extra schooling on if they don’t need it to become a RN, and why would someone working as a RN move into a BSN program?

There are a number of answers to these questions, and the District of Columbia is a perfect example of why a RN would continue on to earn a BSN. With almost 500 medical school graduates a year, the competition for nursing positions is high. With that being said, the growing need for RNs in the industry will make it fairly easy for you to find a position compared to other professions, but you shouldn’t expect to just walk into an employer and start working. With a BSN, you will become much more desirable and command a higher wage. Per 100,000 people in D.C. there are 1,728 RNs. Compare that number to the national average of 874 per 100,000 people and you can see why there is extra competition in D.C. Again, don’t let this dissuade you from pursuing your career, just keep the competition in the back of your mind and do what you can to get an edge.

D.C. RNs earn an average of $75,000 a year, and that number includes RNs with and without a BSN. Those with a BSN or higher education will come in on the high end of the averaged incomes while those without will generally come in at the lower end of those numbers. You will find some of the top employers in the District of Columbia coming from Washington Cancer Institute, Washington Hospital Center, Children’s National Medical Center and Howard University Hospital. Each of these employers is ranked in the top 20 employers across all industries in D.C. so they will be great places to look for employment and possibly gain some extra tuition assistance.

Finances

You will find that employers often offer tuition assistance in some form and should take that into consideration when starting to job hunt if you already work as a RN. In addition, individual schools in D.C. will offer unique grants, scholarships and loans and should be something you discuss with the school faculty a great deal as you try to decide where you will earn your BSN. Finally, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers a variety of financial assistance. Grants and scholarships can be found from the HRSA, but look more into the loan repayment and forgiveness programs they offer. These generally come in the form of reduced repayment requirements if you work in a highly needy area for a specific amount of time.

Colleges

The George Washington University School of Nursing

GWU offers a cutting edge nursing program in the heart of D.C. With a premier simulation lab that prepares students for real life, you will have an advantage over many schools in the nation. You can also earn an ABSN, or accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program which will only take 15 months. You can also take some of your classes online, knowing that you are working with one of the best online colleges available. U.S. News rated the school as the Best Online Programs in Grad Nursing 2013.

Georgetown University

As one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions, you can expect a unique education that prepares you to make a difference in the ever changing health care field. A vibrant community of exceptional students, faculty and alumni are dedicated to real-world applications of the schools research, scholarship, faith and service. Around since 1789, Georgetown is the nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit University. Students are provided with a total education, focusing on the person as well through exposure to different cultures, faiths and beliefs.