Nurses Take Control and Plan Your Nursing Career Path: Learn Your Career Options

  Nursing Specialty Offers Increased Respect and Recognition, Greater Job Security, Enhanced Career Satisfaction and Increased Salary Potential

AURORA, Colo. – July 28, 2016 – According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job market for nurses will expand by 16 percent between 2014 and 2024. In addition to this enviable job security, nurses are also fortunate to have such broad options when it comes to choosing a career path within nursing.

There are currently over 100 recognized nursing specialties, and many of them are eligible for voluntary certification through a professional organization.
No matter what type of personality you have, you can find a nursing specialization that aligns with your interests, career goals, and income requirements.

You can stay close to the bedside or choose a job with little to no patient contact. You can work in either a hospital or a community setting. You can seek out a career that combines nursing science with another professional area of interest, like law, education, or computer science. You can move into middle management or the executive suite, and you can even own your own business as a nurse entrepreneur.

Even nurses who want to work in direct patient care are choosing to specialize, by developing strong clinical expertise around a specific type of medical condition or patient population—and perhaps gaining certification in an area like geriatrics, dialysis, genetics, public health, oncology, or trauma, just to name a few.

This growing emphasis on specialization stems from an expanding knowledge base and the ever-increasing complexity of healthcare today. Nurses who choose to specialize find it comes with many benefits, including increased respect and recognition, greater job security, and enhanced career satisfaction.

Your RN license and a few years of clinical experience will form the foundation you need to branch off in any direction. Nurses who have their eye on a particular nursing specialty will need a plethora of new knowledge, as well as skills in strategizing, problem-solving, and forming collaborative relationships. This is where education comes into play, like your passport to the career of your dreams.

A BSN can give you a broader perspective of healthcare systems and policies in a way that will allow you to “connect the dots” between clinical practice and the overall business of healthcare. An MSN can prepare you for a highly specialized area of nursing like case management, informatics, organizational leadership, or infection control. And a DNP can put you at the top of your field.

There are so many different options to explore, and American Sentinel has developed a guide for nurses looking to specialize. The
'You-Choose' e-book outlines ten things you’ll want to consider when choosing a nursing specialty and describes 28 nursing specialties that fall outside the realm of traditional bedside care and that relate to one of our degree programs. You can download it HERE.

American Sentinel University’s new 8-part blog ‘Ready, Set, Grow!’ available at walks adult learners through the process of going back to school.

This week the series features different nursing career path options. Each week the series will feature a new resource, so be sure to check back each week to pick up the new tool. 

About American Sentinel University
American Sentinel University delivers accredited online degree programs in nursing (BSN, MSN, and DNP) and healthcare management (MBA Healthcare, M.S. Information Systems Management, and M.S. Business Intelligence and Analytics). Its affordable, flexible bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission for the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), of One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, D.C., 20036. The DNP program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) of 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga., 30326. The University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, DEAC, 1101 17th Street NW, Suite 808, Washington, D.C. 20036, (202) 234-5100,

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