Puerto Rico RN to BSN Programs
Moving from a RN to BSN is a smart choice though the reasons may not be immediately clear. While you can enter the RN career path without earning an associate’s degree as long as you are able to pass the NCLEX certification exam, you stand to gain a great deal by earning a BSN. Besides the fact that you will hold a higher level of education which leads to an average higher income over your lifetime, you will find other benefits to earning a degree at this level. Employers are looking for highly trained individuals that can make a significant impact in their working environment and a BSN gives you the option to take leadership roles within your place of employment with significant ease compared to other options. You will also find that in the future you may want to move higher in your field and you can do that by earning an advanced degree to become a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant. The time it will take to earn this extra level of responsibility is significantly reduced and easier to handle if you already hold a BSN.
In 2011, 278 medical school graduates entered the work force. With under 20,000 registered nurses working Puerto Rico, there is still plenty of room and a real need for graduates in the field. Your education will only enhance your ability to succeed in the nursing field and earning your BSN now is the best time to do it. You may even find that your currently employer will happily help cover some of the tuition costs that come along with your extra time spent in school.
The average income for registered nurses in Puerto Rico is $33,000 a year. That includes RNs that hold all levels of education and experience, so taking the experience you earn working as an RN now and combining that with a BSN should put you at or above that level quickly.
Centro Emergencia & Medicina in Ponce, Arecibo Pedriatic Emergency in Arecibo, Ashford Presbyterian Hospital in San Juan and Hospital San Antonio Inc in Mayaguez are among the top 20 employers in Puerto Rico regardless of industry. Each of these employers will offer you plenty of benefits that will let you make the most of your career. Make sure you explore what tuition assistance options each employer offers so that you can offset some of the financial costs of your education.
The National Association of Hispanic Nurses Puerto Rico Chapter will be a great place for you gain additional resources to help you make the most of your education and career. While the chapter is currently in transition (at the time of this writing) the association will still have plenty to offer nurses and those looking to enter the field. You will find scholarships and awards that will help you make your education much easier to pay for and other resources will help you make a more informed decision about your future.
You can also find plenty of assistance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration. With options such as loan repayment plans, scholarships and information about grants, you will find plenty of help in covering the expenses that come along with your education. They do this to ensure that there are enough nurses entering the work force as our growing and aging population requires more and more healthcare. Take advantage of everything they offer and you can graduate with little to no debt left to worry about.
The best way to find the right college in Puerto Rico for your goals is to look at the schools that are recognized by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. On this page you will find a list of colleges that are recognized in Puerto Rico as well as the level of education, administrator with contact information and the last time that they were evaluated. It would be wise to explore a number of these schools to ensure that you find the right one for you. Each will offer specific benefits that may be relevant to your desires, so don’t just pick one or two and follow that path, explore a large number and contact each to get as much information as possible.