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Nursing Careers

Career Prospects
According to the Bureau for Labor Statistics, employment in the field of nursing is projected to increase 26% with 711,900 more nursing jobs needed by 2020. Nursing is one of the fastest-growing occupations in the U.S. Nurses make up the majority of the healthcare industry.

The faculty at the University of Mount Union will provide you with ample opportunities for hands-on experience to prepare you professionally and personally to meet the demands of our challenging and exciting healthcare profession. Graduates will be prepared to take the NCLEX-RN board exam allowing them practice as licensed registered nurses in a variety of healthcare agencies and areas of specialties.

Wide Range of Employers
After graduation, nurses often have many choices of where to work, areas to specialize in or degrees to pursue. The range of nursing specialties is wide and varies and this nursing degree will provide you with clinical experience across 6-12 different settings. Depending on the specialty you choose, you will work during different times of the day in 4, 8, 10 or 12-hour shifts during the weekdays, weekends or a combination of both.

Most registered nurses find careers at:

  • General medical and surgical hospitals;
  • Offices of physicians;
  • Home healthcare services; and
  • Nursing care facilities

Other career options can be sought at government agencies, administrative and support services, within the pharmaceutical industry and through educational and research services. Registered nurses work in patients' homes, schools, community centers, correctional facilities, summer camps, urban hospitals, suburban doctors’ offices, on Indian reservations or Alaskan outposts and with the military. Some move frequently, traveling in the U.S. and throughout the world to help care for patients in places where there are not enough healthcare workers.

Nurses Salary
Those graduating with a nursing degree enjoy some of the highest starting salaries among their peers in other industries. According to the Bureau for Labor Statistics (BLS) website, in May of 2010, the median annual wage* of registered nurses was approximately $64,000.

Those working in private general medical and surgical hospitals earned the highest median annual wage of $66,650, followed by physicians’ offices at $62,880, local general medical and surgical hospitals at $62,690, home healthcare services at $60,690 and nursing care facilities at approximately $58,180.

In addition to salary, the BLS also identified a number of “perks” offered by employers, including flexible work schedules, child care, educational benefits and bonuses.

*The BLS defines median annual wage as “the wage at which half of the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less”

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