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The American Nurses Credentialing Center reports that nearly one million nurses are expected to retire by 2030. This substantial deficit in the workforce, coupled with an aging population in need of acute and chronic care, opens the door to new opportunities for professionals like you who want to pivot to a more rewarding and meaningful career and serve a higher purpose.

Job Growth

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes that the employment of registered nurses (RNs) is projected to increase by 9% from 2020 to 2030.

Salary Potential

The median annual wage for RNs is $75,330 (BLS, May 2020), but many factors can affect how much you can earn.

Work Environment

Registered nurses can work in a variety of care environments. The largest employers of RNs are:


Work Environment

Registered nurses can work in a variety of care environments. The largest employers of RNs are:


61% Hospitals; state, local, and private


18% Ambulatory healthcare services


6% Nursing and residential care facilities


8% Government and Educational services; state, local, and private

The majority of RNs work in hospitals. Those who choose a different path might enjoy a role in an ambulatory healthcare setting, such as a physician’s office or outpatient care center, whereas others find fulfillment in treating patients in a home care setting. Public health nurses may travel to community centers, schools, and other sites. Travel nurses commute in the U.S. and globally to care for patients in places with insufficient healthcare providers. (BLS, May 2020)


Professional Associations for Nurses

The following professional associations may provide useful career resources and continuing education opportunities for our second-degree nursing students and graduates.

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A dedicated Enrollment Advisor can answer your questions and guide you through the application process. Begin by filling out a form and starting the conversation.

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