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Why become a nurse?

There are many excellent reasons to become a nurse. The desire to help others along with excellent job opportunities and job security are key reasons. High starting salaries are another benefit.

Desire To Help Others

The responsibilities and long hours of a nursing career can be challenging. However, connecting with patients, and providing comfort and security when patients and families need help, can be rewarding. Nurses provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their families, among many other things.

In addition, nurses score the highest as being highly trusted professionals and continue to outrank other professions in Gallup's annual Honesty and Ethics survey. The survey says 81% of Americans think nurses have "very high" or "high" honesty and ethical standards, a significantly greater percentage than the next highest-rated professions (military officers and pharmacists).

Increasing Job Opportunities

Job opportunities for nurses are expected to increase. According to the American Nurses Association, registered nurses account for 2.6 million jobs in the U.S. today, and that is expected to increase to 3.2 million by 2018. That makes nursing the fastest- growing occupation in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Doctor's offices will need the most nurses, making up almost half of the expected nursing jobs (48%) from 2008-2018.

People with advanced nursing degrees are especially likely to benefit from these increased opportunities. A report from the Institute of Medicine says that health care organizations are planning to increase their bachelor's-prepared registered nursing-licensed staff to 80% and double the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020. (Source: Institute of Medicine [2010]. The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.)

Excellent Job Security

Nurses also have excellent job security, which will remain high because of the constant need for them. An older U.S. population has created a higher demand for health care, as well as more nurses retiring. The industry expects a shortage of 800,000 nurses by 2020. Specialization choices and job location options are other reasons why a career as a nurse can be appealing.

Capella's Nursing Programs

To meet the growing demand for nurses, Capella University's online nursing degree programs are CCNE-accredited* and incorporate the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's (AACN).

*The BSN, MSN, and DNP degree programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791

Entry into Capella's nursing programs is possible only after you have your registered nursing (RN) license, which Capella does not offer. Once you have your RN, we have several online nursing degree programs that can provide you with the additional knowledge, skills, and decision-making proficiencies needed in today's more complex health care environment. These degree programs include:

To learn more, request more information and we will match you with an enrollment counselor who can answer your questions.

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