Vermont RN to BSN Programs
Earning a BSN degree if you are already working as an RN may not be the easiest choice to make. The investment than the additional education will require, in both time and finances, can make the choice seem counterproductive to your goals of building wealth and comfort in your life. There are a number of benefits to earning your BSN, even if you are already working as a RN in the field. First, you will command more respect with a BSN on your resume and that will give you more options for employers. Instead of taking the first few offers, you will be able to “shop” around for the particular employer that you desire to work for much more easily. Your income will also start out higher in most cases and you will earn significantly more income over the course of your career. Finally, if you wish to move up in your career a BSN will put you at the front of the line to earn a promotion, you will also find that if you want to continue your education at some point over the course of your career, the education you have already earned will be a boon to helping you earn a MSN or PhD much quicker.
Vermont only saw a total of 112 medical school graduates as of 2011. Only a portion of those graduates were headed to nursing careers. With under 6,500 total registered nurses currently working in the state, the 625,000 residents are not being properly served in terms of numbers. That means that growth is going to continue in the field as our population ages and grows. Holding a BSN gives you more desirability in the field and as new RNs enter the field you will be prepared to lead those nurses into the future of healthcare.
Income and Employment
Vermont RNs earn an average of over $63,000 a year. This number includes nurses of all education levels and you will find that you can position yourself higher in the averages with a BSN. Experience will also play a role in your income, so finding a good employer to start your career with as you finish your education will give you another significant edge.
Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Rutland Regional Medical Center in Rutland, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington and Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin rank amongst the top 15 employers in the state across all industries. Each of these employers are worth investigating as they may offer tuition assistance and will be large enough for you to find an ability to quickly move up in the field if you so desire.
Paying for College
Besides the assistance you may find from employers, you will also find that many schools offer unique scholarships, loans and grants as enroll in their institute. You can also tap the Vermont State Nurses’ Association for resources such as a career center, educational information, tuition assistance and other important aspects that the VSNA offers.
Finally, explore the options for loans, scholarships, grants and loan repayment/forgiveness options that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration offers. With millions of Americans struggling to find access to the health care they need because they live in an underrepresented area due to a lack of health professionals, the department aims to help students enter the field without having to carry the financial burden along.
Accredited in their bachelor’s and master’s degree programs by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the faculty of the Department of Nursing believe that nursing is both a science and an art. You will focus on holistic and humanistic discipline that draws on knowledge, theory and research from behavioral, natural and nursing sciences. You will find a wide range of programs including a BSN, RN to BSN, Master’s Entry Program in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, Post-Master’s Certificate, Clinical Nurse Leader and Doctor of Nursing program. This will allow you to start your education at the school and continue with your education as far as you want over the course of your career.
Nursing Graduates from SVC are empowered with a degree that is recognized and valued by health care facilities and providers ranging from hospitals and nursing homes to medical centers and private practices. Graduates are employed in every nursing specialty including critical care, surgical and psychiatric nursing within acute and non-acute care-settings such as long-term care, community health and hospice care. You will be able to continue your education to pursue a master’s and doctorate degree which will increase career mobility even further. You will also find the ability to pursue Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Anesthetists, Certified Nurse Midwives, Case Managers, Nurse Educators, Nurse Researchers and Nurse Administrator programs.