Indiana RN to BSN Programs

Many RNs consider continuing their education. While some only have diploma programs completed to start, others have associate’s degrees, but both consider furthering their education to earn a BSN at some point in their career. The question that often arises, though, is why would they need the extra education and the investment that it involves if they are already working as a RN? They already passed the NCLEX-RN, so they obviously know the information they need. The answer, in short, is that a BSN is going to make you more desirable to employers and often lead to a greater income. In addition, with so many employers in need of RNs, you’ll have the ability to choose where you want to work in many cases. A BSN will not make you a RN if you aren’t already, you still need to pass the NCLEX-RN for that, but it will give you a significant edge compared to RNs that do not hold this degree.

Indiana is seeing a boom in growth in the medical field, but the competition is fiercer than in other states. While the national average of RNs working per 100,000 people is 874, Indiana has 938 registered nurses per 100,000 population in the state. While the number is not significantly higher, and nursing is enjoying a huge boom in growth, the competition is more intense than it is for the states that have even less nurses ready to work. A BSN will make sure that you have an edge when job hunting and will likely put you in a position that employers will be asking you to join their ranks.

As a registered nurse in Indiana, you can expect an average income of just under $60,000 a year. Considering that Indiana is the 5th lowest state in regards to cost of living, that amount will go a long way in the state. That average includes registered nurses with and without a bachelor’s of science in nursing, so you may find that you start at, or above, that number depending on your employer and level of experience. The top employers in the state include the Indiana University Medical Center in Bloomington, St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Deaconess Health System in Evansville and St. Francis Hospital and Health Center in Beech Grove. These employers all rank in within the top 20 employers in the state across all professions and industries, so they will be a great place to start looking for employment if you aren’t working already.

If you are willing to relocate, the following information may be of interest to you. The cities with the highest number of RNs working relative to the population include Muncie, Kokomo and Anderson. Elkhart, Columbus and Lafayette have the lowest percentage relative to population. You will also find the highest average salary in Elkhart, Indianapolis and Gary. Keeping this in mind should help you decide where you wish to work.

Finances

It is rarely easy to finance an education, but some of the above employers may have ways to help you cover some of your tuition costs. It may be worth looking into what they offer if you are currently a registered nurse, as you are likely able to get work where you want it easier with your experience. In addition, many colleges in the state will offer unique loans, scholarships and grants for students that enroll on their campus. Finally, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers a wide range of financial aid to nursing students. With grants, scholarships, loan repayment plans and loan forgiveness plans, their dedication to ensuring all people have equal access to medical attention ensures that you have an easier time paying for your investment in your future.

Colleges

Indiana University School of Nursing

IUSoN is the largest schools with undergraduate to PhD and DNP programs in the country. You will find that the school offers a pathway from the very beginning of your education to the farthest you can go with it. They have been a leader in their commitment to excellence and access and house an award-winning faculty. Ranked 8th among public universities who receive funding from the National Institutes of Health, the school has earned its accolades. The college was ranked 15th overall in the US News and World Report 2014 Graduate Schools ranking and two of the nursing faculty members are editors of the nursing journals: Nursing Outlook: The Official Journal of the American Academy of Nursing and Clinical Nurse Specialists: Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice.

Bethel College Indiana

BCI is focused on bringing undergraduates a nursing program that prepares graduates in a Christian liberal arts setting to provide therapeutic nursing care. Upon graduation, you will be ready to take on the roles of management or team member, as well as gaining a broad foundation in the sciences and humanities of nursing to ensure that you provide therapeutic nursing interventions to individuals, families, groups and communities. Upon completion of your BSN you will be ready to take on the role of a designer/manager/coordinator of care and your foundation will ensure that you can take on the rapidly changing health care environment in stride.