Raise your hand if, at age 18, you thought you knew what you wanted to do for the rest of your life. If your hand is raised, have you since reconsidered your career choice? If so, you are not alone. Many people today are finding that the career they trained for has become obsolete or doesn’t provide many opportunities for growth or a good income. Some may have taken time out and want to reenter the workforce, only to discover they need additional skills. Still others just don’t like the field they trained for and want a new, in-demand career.
Nursing may be the answer. Nurses are more in demand now than ever before. More than 50 percent of registered nurses in the U.S. are 50 or older and will be retiring soon. The Employment Projections 2016-2026 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the registered nursing profession to be among the top occupations to experience job growth through 2026. In Arizona, the projected growth for nursing jobs is 32 percent—much higher than the national average of 11 percent.
If you’re thinking of becoming a nurse and already have a baccalaureate degree, you can get on a fast track to earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Brookline College can prepare you for an in-demand career as a nurse in as little as 16 months.
Who is eligible for Brookline’s accelerated program?
If you have already earned a bachelor’s degree in another field, you can qualify for Brookline’s accelerated program. You’ll study year-round for 16 months, and there’s no waitlist or delayed acceptance! It doesn’t matter if you’re 25, 35, 45 or older; you can still enter the program. In fact, in accelerated programs the student is often more mature and has the motivation and focus to work hard to reach his or her goal. It doesn’t matter if your first degree was in accounting, library science, psychology or art history. The key is that you have already earned one degree.
What will my program consist of?
Brookline’s accelerated nursing program for baccalaureate holders will focus exclusively on nursing: physiology, pharmacology, ethics, informatics, health assessment, and research and evidence-based practice. In addition to classroom instruction, you’ll gain hands-on clinical experience doing lab work in a simulation center and through clinical placement in the area.
Will I be licensed after I graduate?
Once you complete the accelerated nursing program at Brookline College, you’ll be qualified to sit for certification and/or licensure exams, including the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.
What skills will I gain to prepare me for a career as a nurse?
Your accelerated nursing is intensive and requires perseverance, focus and motivation. The rewards, though, can be well worth your effort—including a median salary of $71,730 in Arizona. By graduation, you should be able to:
• Make culturally sensitive, patient-centered clinical decisions in all health care settings within systems-based environments
• Collaborate with patients and health care colleagues to plan, coordinate and provide competent patient care
• Integrate evidence-based findings into nursing and collaborative practice
• Promote patient and staff safety through quality improvement
• Use technology and research for communication, knowledge development and clinical decision making
• Demonstrate leadership skills and professionalism while providing patient care.
• Incorporate legal, ethical and professional standards into your nursing practice
What if I want to specialize?
Many nurses are choosing to specialize. Some nursing specialties are increasingly in demand each year because of the increased treatment options for all kinds of illnesses. You may want to become a nurse practitioner who can prescribe medication and make diagnoses. Alternatively, you may want to branch into administration or technology. In many cases, earning a master’s degree will open up career possibilities that would be difficult to achieve without one. Brookline offers two master’s programs—MSN with a focus on Education, and MSN–Health Science Administration with a focus on Leadership courses—that can prepare you for additional opportunities in health care.
The demand for nurses in today’s world has never been higher, partially due to the country’s aging population and also because of the impending retirement of the nursing workforce. With your baccalaureate degree, you have a head start on the education you need to become a nurse. Brookline College has the accelerated program to get you there in less than two years.
Contact Brookline College today about switching your career to one with a future: nursing.
Programs may vary by location.
Are you thinking about changing careers? Do you already have a bachelor’s degree? Consider nursing with a fast-track program.