Nursing

Grad school pays dividends for nurses

Nurse Leader Insider, October 6, 2016

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With job growth and increasing pay, more and more nurses are seeking advanced practice degrees.

According to a US News report, advanced practice nursing (APN) is a career on the rise; the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the number of APNs will increase by 31% in 2024, and the average salary reached six figures in 2015, averaging $104,740.

As we’ve reported in the past, nurses are taking a larger role in primary care, which can explain why there’s so many more opportunities. Graduate students report that they receive informal job offers from former employers before they graduate, and educators report that the APNs are never without a job.

Once new APNs get the job, they have better financial security than ever. Starting salaries in the U.S. average between $92,000 – $95,000, and some of the more prestigious schools say their graduates earn six-figure salaries upon graduation. In addition to the salary, there are a variety of loan forgiveness and scholarship programs available to students because of the increased need in some areas.

For more reasons to consider an advanced nursing degree, read the full article here.

 



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