Registered Nurse Resources

Registered Nursing

grad-capIf you’re a registered nurse, you may be considering going back to school to earn your bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN). Some of the benefits of getting your degree include improved career opportunities, a potential for stronger job security and better pay. Your BSN can open the door to many more options within the nursing community. Nurses who have earned their BSN often have career options beyond clinical care, as many positions aren’t open to RNs who hold an associate’s degree. A BSN is also a requirement for entering a graduate nursing program, so if your dream is to become a nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, or clinical nurse specialist, you have to earn your BSN first.

Holding a BSN can also increase the number of job opportunities available to you, especially as the nursing field continues to promote the need for more BSNs.

highlight-iconThe American Nurses’ Credentialing Center awards “magnet” status to hospitals that meet certain criteria demonstrating their excellence. One requirement is that 100 percent of nurse managers hold a BSN. In addition, close to half of the staff nurses must also have a BSN in order for the hospital to earn the magnet designation. This means hospitals trying to achieve the designation are more likely to hire nurses with a bachelor’s degree.

salaryAs an RN you already know the ins and outs of the working nurse’s life, so you know many of the advantages of pursuing your BSN degree. You probably know it pays more, but you may not realize by how much. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2015 the top 10 percent of nurses earned more than $101,630. Compare that amount to the lowest 10 percent who earned less than $46,360. Although compensation is based on more than just education level, this gives you a rough idea of how a higher degree can help boost your salary potential.

As the population ages, there is also the potential for better job security. According to the BLS, the nursing profession is projected to grow by 19 percent over the coming decade, which is much higher than most fields.

If you’re thinking about earning your BSN, here are some resources to help you get started.

Nursing Education

American Association of Colleges of Nursing
http://www.aacn.nche.edu/education-resources/BaccEssentials08.pdf

The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice gives an excellent overview of the educational path your career is about to take as you prepare to enter your BSN program.

Chi Eta Phi
http://www.chietaphi.com/

Boasting more than 8,000 registered nurses and student nurses as members, this national organization promotes education, leadership development and more.

Nurse Journal
http://nursejournal.org/bsn-degree/top-9-advantages-of-a-bsn-degree

Nurse Journal presents “Top 9 Advantages of a BSN Degree” which outlines why a bachelor’s degree can help you succeed in this growing field.

National Student Nurses’ Association
http://www.nsna.org/Portals/0/Skins/NSNA/pdf/Imprint_Jan09_Feat_Leonard.pdf

In this brief PDF, the National Student Nurses’ Association sorts fact from fiction when it comes to earning your RN-to-BSN.

Scrubs Magazine
http://scrubsmag.com/12-biggest-reasons-nurses-get-a-bsn

Still on the fence about earning your BSN? This article outlines the 12 biggest reasons nurses go for it.

Professional Associations

Nursing 2016
http://journals.lww.com/nursing/fulltext/2005/09001/why_join_a_professional_nursing_organization_.6.aspx

A quick read, this article highlights the benefits of joining a professional nursing organization. From education to networking, learn all the reasons why you should take this step.

American Nurses Association
http://nursingworld.org/Content/Resources/Professional-Networking-for-Nurses.html

Published by the American Nurses Association, this brief article teaches you how to use networking to enhance your nursing career as you transition from RN to BSN.

American Assembly for Men in Nursing
http://www.aamn.org

The AAMN encourages men to become nurses through local chapters, education, research and scholarships. The organization also offers job resources and conferences.

Transcultural Nursing Society
http://www.tcns.org

With a goal to advance cultural competence for nurses across the globe, the TNS offers certification, conferences, members activities and more. Visit their website for more information.

American Nurses Foundation
http://www.anfonline.org

Supporting the more than 3.6 million nurses in the U.S., ANF is dedicated to improving healthcare through nursing. The philanthropic organization supports programs related to disaster relief among others.

International Council of Nurses
http://www.icn.ch

Founded in 1889, ICN is the world’s first interational organization for health professionals. The group represents more than 130 national nurses associations and 16 million nurses worldwide.

National League for Nursing
http://www.nln.org

“The Voice of Nursing Education” offers a range of membership services, professional development programs and accreditation. Founded in 1893, NLN has more than 40,000 individual members.

Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools
http://www.cgfns.org

With a vision of being the premier source for credentials evaluation, CGSNS strives to help the global community of healthcare professionals.

Nursing Credentials

American Nurses Credentialing Center
http://www.nursecredentialing.org

From pediatric nursing to gerontological nursing and everything in between, you’ll need certification in your chosen specialty. Here’s the place to find all the information you’ll need for every specialty credential in your field.

Nurse.org
http://nurse.org/articles/91/displaying-your-nursing-credentials

Now that you’ve earned it, what do you do your nursing certification? This site explains how to properly display your nursing credentials for all to see.

American Nurses Association
http://nursingworld.org/FunctionalMenuCategories/AboutANA/Leadership-Governance/NewCNPE/CNPEMembersOnly/CNPEReferenceDocuments/PlayingtheCredentialsGame.pdf

Learn how to properly display your nursing degree and credentials after your name. This article explains the order in which to use them and what to do when you have multiple certifications.

National Council of State Boards of Nursing
https://www.ncsbn.org/index.htm

The NCSBN provides specific content for nursing students, professional nurses and educators. Visit this site for in-depth information on the NCLEX and other exams.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

FAFSA
https://fafsa.ed.gov

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is required if you plan to apply for college funding. This should be one of first stops when researching how to pay for school.

Scholarships.com
https://www.scholarships.com

Search this top scholarship directory to find funding to help pay for your RN-to-BSN program. Start your research sooner rather than later!

Fastweb
http://www.fastweb.com/college-scholarships

Fastweb has an easy to use and comprehensive scholarship and grant search engine, so do your homework and apply in advance.

The College Board
https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search

The College Board doesn’t just run the SAT testing system, they also have a vast scholarship search engine. Narrow your search by degree, age, state and other criteria.

Nursing History and Background

Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board
http://www.wtb.wa.gov/Documents/HistoryandRationaleforRN-to-BSNDTAMRP.pdf

Why should nurses earn a BSN instead of an ADN? This paper from the state of Washington looks at the rationale for RN-to-BSN programs.

American Nurses Association
http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/TableofContents/Vol152010/No1Jan2010/Articles-Previous-Topic/Policy-and-Entry-into-Practice.html

“A Policy Perspective on the Entry into Practice Issue” gives a brief history of the profession as well as a detailed look at the proposed policy of making the BSN an entry-level requirement.

American Association for the History of Nursing
https://www.aahn.org

The American Association for the History of Nursing is the go-to place to learn about the history of the nursing profession. Learn about the introduction of the BSN and other nursing degrees.

National Women’s History Museum
https://www.nwhm.org/blog/the-evolution-of-nursing

We’ve come a long way since Clara Barton put nursing in the spotlight. Learn about the evolution of nursing in this dense, but informative article.

Nursing Blogs

TravelNursingBlogs.com
http://travelnursingblogs.com

Considering a career as a travel nurse? Use this blog to ask a question, read advice and find out the ratings of travel nurse agencies.

Nurse Eye Roll
http://www.nurseeyeroll.com/

Authored by a neuro critical care nurse, the Nurse Eye Roll blog is packed with useful information as well as humor.

Nurse.com
https://www.nurse.com/blog/blogs

Nurse.com has a blog packed with information and posts from respected academics in the field. News, events and industry awards are also featured on the website.

Minority Nurse
http://minoritynurse.com/blog

From why men becoming nurses to mentoring the next generation of minority nurses, this blog examines issues related to diversity in nursing.

Nursing Site Blog
http://www.thenursingsiteblog.com

Get insights from a 30-year nursing veteran. Kathy Quan, RN BSN PHN, is the author of this blog and covers topics like home healthcare.

Health Affairs Blog
http://healthaffairs.org/blog

With posts from health policy experts and commentators, the Health Affairs Blog is a useful resource for nurses and other medical professionals.

Nursing Research

American Association of Colleges of Nursing
http://www.aacn.nche.edu/publications/position/nursing-research

From the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, this comprehensive position statement gives an in-depth look at ongoing research worldwide concerning the nursing profession.

National Institute of Nursing Research
https://www.ninr.nih.gov

The National Institute of Nursing Research is a government website pertaining to all things in nursing research, such as strategic priorities and support of scientific research throughout the nursing field.

Nursing Research Journal
http://journals.lww.com/nursingresearchonline/Pages/default.aspx

Nursing Research Journal is an industry standard for the latest advances in the nursing field. Find empirical findings, biology reviews and more.

American Nurses Association
http://www.nursingworld.org/EspeciallyForYou/Nurse-Researchers

Research is a critical component of the nursing profession. Tap into the American Nurses Association for tools, resources and publications.

Forums and Discussion Boards

Mighty Nurse
http://www.mightynurse.com/ask-a-nurse-forums

Mighty Nurse features six forums, so you can network with others who are on the same degree level or ask advice from other nurses. There’s also sections for stories, advice and shopping for job and educational materials.

Ultimate Nurse
http://www.ultimatenurse.com/forum

Ultimate Nurse has dozens of forum topics to choose from, so you’re sure to find just what you need. There’s also a job board, dedicated section for travel nurses and more.

Career Resources

Scrubs Magazine
http://scrubsmag.com/career-2

Browse Scrubs Magazine to find articles on a wide range of nursing topics, from how to survive nursing school to coping with a fatal error in judgment.

National Institutes of Health
http://clinicalcenter.nih.gov/nursing/careers

The National Institutes of Health Clinical Center has extensive information the path to becoming a clinical nurse, including professional opportunities, model of care and nursing roles.

Nurse.org
http://nurse.org/orgs.shtml

Browse this list of national nursing organizations to learn more about specific nursing specialties such as pediatric oncology nursing to nurse law.

Monster.com
http://nursinglink.monster.com/benefits/articles/2481-5-signs-of-burnout

Nurse burnout is no joke. Here are five signs of burn out and advice on how to alleviate the problems before they overwhelm you.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook includes information about nursing career outlooks, salary information, work environment and more.

Social Media

All Nursing Students
https://www.facebook.com/allnursingstudents

The All Nursing Students Facebook page is a place to network with fellow students, get advice, talk shop or tap into a little humor about the nursing field

All Nurses Rock
https://www.facebook.com/allnursesrock

With the goal of promoting the nursing profession, the All Nurses Rock Facebook looks at the lighter side of nursing with humorous memes. Includes articles about anxiety, school and other related topics.

I Am A Nurse
https://www.facebook.com/amanurse

Visit this Facebook page to find uplifting stories from the nursing profession. From school graduation photos to professional obstacles, it’s all part of being a nurse.

BSN Nursing Students
https://twitter.com/bsnstudents

A Twitter account dedicated to those working towards their BSN. Includes practical advice as well as insight for undergraduate nurses.

Nurse Keith
https://twitter.com/nursekeith

Nurse Keith is a nurse who focuses on helping others discover their career path. Follow his healthcare coaching tweets to get advice and guidance.

Nursingjobs.us
https://twitter.com/nursingjobsinus

Looking for a new nursing job? Follow this Twitter feed for job postings, humor and career information.

Nursing Essentials
https://twitter.com/InformedNurse

The official Twitter account for medical guides geared to nursing students.

Nursing Ideas
https://twitter.com/nursingideas

Follow this Twitter account to learn more about nursing and the healthcare system.

Nursing News

U.S. News & World Report
http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/registered-nurse

U.S. News & World Report provides a detailed overview of the nursing profession, including salary ranges and information on what you can expect in your career.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
http://www.rwjf.org/en/library/articles-and-news/2014/05/long-term-job-outlook-for-nurses-is-sunny–as-experts-project-na.html

Did you know 1 million new nurses will be needed by 2022? This article from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examines the job outlook for nurses, especially those with a BSN.

Everyday Health
http://www.everydayhealth.com/news/why-americas-nurses-are-burning-out

You’ve likely heard of nurse burnout. This article takes an in-depth look at the reasons behind the high number of nurses who are burning out and what can be done.

Nursing Link
http://nursinglink.monster.com/benefits/articles/2481-5-signs-of-burnout

Nurse burnout is no joke. Here are five signs of burnout, and what you can do to alleviate the problems before they overwhelm you.