Bachelor of Science (Pre-Licensure)
Over 2.5 million strong, nurses make up the largest workforce within the clinical healthcare industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Nursing careers offer a wide variety of roles and a broad scope of responsibility. There are many different types of nurses, and several different ways to obtain nursing careers.
Hospice and Palliative Care
For the nurse with a BSN who wants to work in end-of-life care, a position as a hospice and palliative care nurse may be the answer. Here, the nurse evaluates patients and educates family members on end-of-life care. Most registered nurses work under the verbal orders of medical directors or primary physicians to determine the comfort measures for each patient. Obtaining additional training at an accredited university to get a CHPN-Certified Hospice Palliative Nurse credential may help the nurse find career advancement in her field of study. According to payscale.com, the median hourly rate for a CHPN starts at $25.00 for entry level positions. Advanced positions with 20 or more years of experience can expect to make on average, $29.65 per hour.
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Obstetrics and gynecology is the study of the female reproductive system and the birthing process. This field of study involves direct patient care, education and surgery assistance. Most OB/GYN nurses work directly with physicians and perform their duties from physicians’ written and verbal orders. It is beneficial for a BSN nurse to have specialized training prior to working in this field, but some are trained on the job. Salary.com suggests that the median yearly income for a OB/GYN nurse is $60,277.
Pediatrics covers the care and treatment of infants and children under the age of 18. A pediatric BSN nurse should have studied about the diseases, illnesses and health care of children. A CPN stands for a certified Pediatric Nurse, a credential that can be obtained with additional credit hours and specialized training. Pediatric BSN nurses can work in physician’s offices, clinics or hospitals. According to Payscale.com the nationwide yearly salary for a pediatric nurse starts at around $41,000 and goes all the way to $65,500, depending on location.
Surgical nurses assist physicians and surgeons with patient procedures and surgeries. In order to be able to work in this fast paced and precise environment, an RN must utilize his clinical skills to perform duties in pre- and post-operative care. Pre-operative care may involve setting up IVs for light sedation, taking vitals or prepping the skin area for surgery. Post-operative care involves monitoring patient care and progress and working closely with other medical staff members. Some highly trained nurses work inside operating rooms, handling medical equipment and surgical instruments. According to Salary.com, the median income for a surgical nurse is $74,197.
For the BSN graduate who wants to work in a fast paced high tech environment, the Intensive Care Unit may be a good career option. An ICU nurse is someone who cares for patients receiving around-the-clock, intensive care due to an illness or disease. This nurse works in hospital Intensive care units and is typically assigned to certain patients throughout the course of their shifts. This nurse analyzes patient vitals, evaluates overall patient condition and collaborates with the primary physician and physician on-call to meet the patient’s recovery needs. According to Salary.com, on average, this type of nurse makes around $62,061 per year.