While the demand for high-quality healthcare continues to grow, the shortage of registered nurses in the United States is projected to grow to 500,000 by 2025. Such a large shortage results in highly competitive salaries, benefits, and more. Another great benefit is the many nursing specialties that are available. For example, a nurse can become – among other career options – a labor and delivery nurse, flight nurse, home health nurse, ER nurse, ICU nurse or psychiatric nurse. The ADN program prepares you to provide safe, therapeutic and competent nursing care in hospitals and other healthcare settings. You may also work as an entry-level patient care manager.
Entry-level RN salaries range from $53,000-$62,000 annually, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.