Wyoming RN to BSN Programs

Earning a BSN after you have already started working as a RN is often a choice that is counterintuitive. You may think that you are already earning all the benefits you could in your field, and a BSN is just an extra investment of time and money that you don’t need to make. In actuality, you stand to gain a great deal from earning a BSN. Once you earn the degree you will have a more attractive resume to send to employers which will lead to more job opportunities. You will also see a larger starting income as well as potentially bigger raises over the course of your career. Upward mobility will be much more likely once you graduate. Finally, if you decide to continue your education even further, earning a master’s or doctorate, the time you spend now will make that transition significantly easier.

Wyoming is in desperate need of RNs and earning a BSN will put you in a position to lead the new generation of nurses entering the field. With a total of 4,800 nurses working in the state as of 2011, that number struggles to provide the almost 600,000 residents the health care they deserve. On average, registered nurses in Wyoming earn $61,000 a year. With a BSN you will start closer to that average and should surpass it easily in only a few years. Experience and education will be key to determining the amount of money you earn, so working while you attend college will give you an additional edge.

Employment

Casper has the highest percentage of registered nurses working in the city relative to the population. On the other side of the coin, Cheyenne has the lowest percentage, but it also has the highest median salaries in the state. The Cheyenne Regional Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, VA Medical Center in Cheyenne, and Campbell County memorial Hospital in Gillette rank among the top 20 employers in the state across all industries. These are great places to start looking for solid employment that could potentially lead to additional benefits such as tuition assistance.

Finances

Paying for college may be one of the most stressful parts of your entire choice to go back. You will find that many colleges offer a wide range of scholarships, loans and grants to their students that are unique to the school. Look into these unique offerings as you start to explore different colleges. In addition you will find a wealth of resources at the Wyoming Nurses Association. With plenty of information and assistance through your education and career, joining the WNA will ensure that you have access to the important tools that you need to make the most of your future.

Most importantly, explore the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration. Here you will find information about scholarships, loan repayment programs, loans and some grants. The HRSA ensures that the financial stresses that come with an education are reduced as much as possible because millions of Americans do not have the access they deserve to the most basic health care because of the shortage of professionals in the field. The financial assistance they offer is to help encourage students to pursue a career in the field and service those most in need.

College

UW Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing

As a leader in professional nursing, outreach and rural health, this university promotes and protects health through education, service and scholarship. The school aspires to be a leader in nursing and health care throughout Wyoming by providing state-of-the-art nursing education in the classroom and clinical arena. You will also find research support and expertise on the UW campus and throughout the state to enhance the quality of health and health care. With a focus on community and respect amongst the students and faculty, you will find that the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing offers more than an education, but a way of life.