Nurses transform health care from the front lines

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Growing opportunity: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of RNs is expected to increase 26 percent by 2020. | Supplied photo

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Health care practice and policy are undergoing major transformations. Cutting-edge technology and innovative procedures are rapidly being implemented into health care settings to meet the needs of a growing — and more diverse — patient population. Meanwhile, health care reform has fueled a shift in the way patient care is delivered.

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Demand is high for registered nurses (RNs) who can lead this transformation from the front lines. Employment of RNs is expected to increase 26 percent by 2020, adding more than 700,000 jobs*. The field is brimming with opportunity, particularly for RNs with a bachelor of science of nursing (BSN) degree, which has become the standard requirement for many entry-level nursing positions.

From harnessing new technology and information management systems to collaborating across teams of health care professionals, nurses are expanding their presence and the traditional definition of the profession. In fact, the Institute of Medicine recommends that nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health care professionals, in redesigning health care in the United States**.

For those interested in pursuing a career in the fast-paced, dynamic field of nursing, Chamberlain College of Nursing offers a three-year BSN degree program that enables students to earn their degree in as few as three years of year-round study, instead of the typical four years with summers off, allowing graduates to launch a career in nursing before their peers in traditional four-year programs. Chamberlain is currently accepting applications for courses beginning July 7.

Once in the field, BSN graduates can work in a variety of health care settings — from hospitals and doctor’s offices to nursing home facilities and community health centers. Wherever they’re employed, nurses work on the front lines of patient care, playing an integral role in health care delivery and the rollout of modernized programs. It’s an exciting time to be a nurse.

For more information about Chamberlain’s three-year BSN degree program, visit chamberlain.edu/BSN.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Registered nurses, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.html (visited Aug. 30, 2012).

**The Institute of Medicine. The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, 2010. http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2010/The-Future-of-Nursing-Leading-Change-Advancing-Health.aspx/

Provided by Chamberlain College of Nursing