BSNs, MSNs with positive job outlook in 2013

The economy is tough! Are you a new graduate nurse at the bachelor’s or masters level? Do you have a job locked down? Nurses all across the country are asking themselves this same question. The American Association of College of Nursing (AACN) published a report about employment rates for nurses with these education qualifications. Of the 501 schools that participated, here are some insights to what they discovered.

The outlook for BSNs

  • 408 (81.4%) of the schools have an entry-level BSN program.
  • At the time of graduation 57% were already offered a job.
  • Employers prefer BSN graduates.
  • Little variation was found regarding the rate of job offers based on graduation by institution type.
  • 88% of new graduate BSNs had jobs within four to six months.
  • 39.1% of hospitals and other healthcare settings require a bachelor’s degree in nursing
  • 77.4% expressed a strong preference for BSN degrees.

Job rate by region

  • South- 66%
  • Midwest- 58%
  • North Atlantic- 52%
  • West- 42%

The outlook for MSNs

  • 94 (18.1%) of the schools have an entry-level MSN program.
  • At the time of graduation 73% were already offered a job.
  • 92% of new graduate MSNs had jobs within four to six months.

Job rate by region

  • South- 79%
  • Midwest- 73%
  • North Atlantic- 75%
  • West- 53%

For all BSN and MSN nurses graduating in 2013, the job outlook is looking in your favor. Stay positive and keep your head up!

 

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