While nurses are needed at all levels, job opportunities and salary possibilities are generally good for registered nurses (RNs). Many licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) looking to advance in their careers pursue LVN to BSN programs to pursue a bachelor's of science in nursing--something that allows them to be elligible to become licensed as a registered nurse.
LVN to BSN programs are typically one to two years in length, and online programs are available for BSN courses in nursing theory, leadership, and some core classes. The only mandatory in-person courses that must be completed at an accredited health care institution are required clinical rotations.
BSN careers are often more specialized than LVN careers, and nurses with a BSN may go on to specialize in areas of nursing such as:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, LVNs had a median annual wage of $39,820 in 2009 while RNs earned $63,750. Job outlook for both of these levels of nursing is very good, with growth of upwards of 20 percent projected in both fields over the 2008 to 2018 decade, but BSN careers should see more flexibility and those with a bachelor's degree in nursing should have more career options.
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