Why Nursing? For many, it’s a calling and the fulfillment of a life-long dream. For others, it’s a genuine passion for helping others. And still others say they became a nurse because they were inspired by the compassion of a friend or family member who chose the profession, or were inspired by a nurse as a patient, or a friend or relative of one. Being a nurse stimulates the mind as well as the heart, and requires critical thinking rooted in evidence-based practice.
Today, the U.S. is facing a critical nursing shortage. Never before have there been so many excellent opportunities for baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses. Whether you want to work within acute care settings and hospitals, public health settings or clinics, or with newborns, adults or seniors, nursing is a rewarding and noble career choice. Nursing careers allow a great deal of flexibility in work schedules and places of employment and provide both personal satisfaction and attractive compensation.
Earnings above the national median
According to the May 2008 Occupational Employment Statistics report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual median wage of a registered nurse was $62,450. Though the USN College of Nursing cannot guarantee that you will receive a specific wage; however, the profession consistently ranks at or near the top in terms of employment opportunities and earnings potential.