Health and Wealth. These similar sounding words are part of millions of well-meaning wishes sent across the globe. When you wish someone, you invariably put health ahead of wealth. It is therefore not surprising that the alphabet H of Health should come ahead of W of Wealth. Only if you are in good health can you earn wealth, and more importantly, can you enjoy that wealth. You have everything if you are on good health. Wealth is only consequential.
Health being such an important aspect of life, the health industry that seeks to keep us in good health, too is a vast industry. Millions are employed in the health industry, discharging their services, ranging from a nursing assistant to a Harley Street specialist. There are ancillary industries such as the pharmaceutical and the health insurance sectors that help and support the healthcare system run.
Nursing is an important function of the healthcare system. If the name Florence Nightingale has become a household name across the world, it shows the prominence of nursing profession. They provide the essential care and support for the ill and elderly, 24/7. They do a specialist job that requires formal training. One of the essential qualifications needed to become a nurse is an Associate Degree in Nursing. Once a person completes this program, which takes an average two to three years, and passes a National Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN), she will be called a Registered Nurse. A registered nurse possesses all the hands-on skills required in a day-to-day scenario. In spite of it being a profession with good remuneration prospects (Average being over $60,000 a year as per a survey conducted in 2010), there is still a big shortage of qualified nurses. Demand-supply theory can only point in the direction of further increase in the average salary.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a program that is now one of the most sought after degree programs in the healthcare industry. It prepares a person with the most in-demand skills that employers look for, such as leadership and management skills. It provides a scientific foundation to nursing, which helps in research. BSN degree is a platform from where one can go on to do Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and advanced practice nursing specialties such as certified nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners (NPs), clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) and certified nurse midwives. Holders of a BSN degree stand better chances at being posted to roles of management, where leadership skills are important. Consequently, job prospects improve with better salary (average in the range of $70,000 to $90,000 in 2010).
A Registered Nurse is ideally placed to earn a BSN degree and improve her career prospects. There is a specialized program called RN to BSN, which is meant only for Registered Nurses. Being qualified and experienced, the program offers more flexibility and privileges to Registered Nurses, such as flexible schedules and access to RN-only courses.
www.rnbsn.com is a website run by Kaitlyn Smith-Woods, an RN-to-BSN degree holder. She offers many useful articles and information to her fellow nurses, helping them advance their career. She explains various options in completing RN-to-BSN program and the merits and demerits of online and traditional classroom programs.