Nurses work in a variety of acute and long-term care settings, including trauma centers, community hospitals, home health agencies, rehabilitation centers, long-term care facilities, hospice agencies, schools, industrial and organizational settings, and the military.
Hospitals preparing for Magnet status employ a larger proportion of nurses with a B.S.N. degree. Some institutions also have higher pay grades for bachelors-prepared nurses. The nursing profession encompasses many opportunities for a lifelong and rewarding career including management opportunities, clinical specialty positions, and career ladder opportunities.
Bachelors-prepared nurses can also pursue advanced degrees in nursing for roles such as nurse educator, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, nurse administrator, and nurse researcher.
Nursing has a healthy job outlook—the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the number of jobs will rise 16 percent through 2024, much faster than the average growth rate for all occupations.
Penn State Behrend has a comprehensive support system that will help you to identify and achieve your goals for the college classroom and beyond. Meet with your academic adviser often and take advantage of the services offered by the Academic and Career Planning Center beginning in your first semester.
Nursing Career Resources
- Futures in Nursing: Important education, student aid and career information related to nursing, in addition to various certificate and degree programs available to help you reach your goals.
- Discover Nursing: Website by Johnson & Johnson provides you with information on the nursing profession, scholarships, statistics on the nursing shortage, employment opportunities and more.
- Nurses for a Healthier Tomorrow: A coalition of 43 nursing and health care organizations working together to wage a communications campaign to attract people to the nursing profession. Also check out the resource link for helpful information on attending school and handling family responsibilities.
- Nursing World: Website for the American Nurses Association