LPN to BSN programs may be readily available for LPNs who want to make the transition into registered nursing, taking on more responsibility and generally earning a higher salary.
LPN to BSN programs may be no longer than one to two years, with many courses available online. BSN schools may allow LPNs to become RNs by completing specific clinical rotations and courses.
BSN school may offer plenty of versatility when it comes to career options. RNs may have more options for specialization than LPNs, and may focus on fields such as acute care, pediatrics, neurology, cardiology, or plastic surgery.
LPNs made a median annual wage of $39,820 in 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, while RNs had a median annual wage of $63,750. The top 10 percent of RNs earned over $90,000 annually, so opportunities for advancement and pay increases are available in this critical health care field.
BSN careers are also growing rapidly, with more than 500,000 new jobs expected between 2008 and 2018, according to projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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