Why Going Back to College to Major in Nursing Makes Sense Today

Why Going Back to College to Major in Nursing Makes Sense Today
Barry Lenson

If you’re thinking about going back to college to complete a degree in nursing, you’re about to make a wise decision. Here are some of good reasons why more and more adults are choosing nursing as their new careers . . .

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  • Nursing is in demand. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the demand for nurses will increase 22% between year 2010 and 2020.
  • Training to become a nurse requires less time and expense than training to become a physician. Becoming a physician requires you to attend medical school, spend time in a residency, and even more time if you decide to train for certain specialties. That’s why more and more people who want to work in healthcare are skipping medical school and deciding to become nurses instead.
  • Nursing is flexible. Many hospitals allow nurses to work three days a week, for example. That is one reason why the profession attracts many men and women who have children and family commitments.
  • Nursing welcomes adults. Many professions, like teaching or business, tend to discriminate against older people who are just getting started in their careers. That’s not the case with nursing. If you are trained for the profession and are a bit older, you won’t encounter the kind of age discrimination that you’ll find in other fields.
  • You can grow into a nursing career. You have many options when it comes to a career in nursing – and a variety of entry points into the field. You could begin your nursing career as a nursing aide, as a nursing assistant, or as a physician’s aide, for example, and continue working as you train to become an RN (Registered Nurse), an LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) or LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse).

How to Learn More about Starting a Career in Nursing

StraighterLine has prepared these free guides that can help you decide whether a career in nursing is right for you...

And If You Decide to Get Started

Be sure to check out StraighterLine’s new Nursing Program course bundle. For $496, you’ll get a subscription good for four months of course access and tutoring, plus your choice of three of our most popular courses required for your nursing degree. (That’s a 12% savings over purchasing each component separately.) Once you’re enrolled, you can add as many additional courses as you’d like for just $49 each.

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