Can Accelerated Nursing Programs Increase Your Likelihood of Getting a Job?

imageDespite the job market taking a dip on a global scale, the nursing industry continues to develop alongside the rising need for qualified nurses. However, according to the American Society of Registered Nurses, 43 percent of registered nurses haven’t been able to find employment after 18 months between 1st Jan, 2009 and 31st March, 2010.

Why aren’t these graduates landing jobs when the vacancy rate has increased in recent years?

According to the Texas Woman’s University associate dean Dr. Karen Lyon, registered nurses with ample experience are re-entering the market and in some cases, working additional hours to cover up the losses incurred in their retirement and 401(k) accounts, making it difficult for novices to find permanent employment.

Apart from the increase in competition, employers are hesitant to choose new grads over tenured options in fast-paced environments in which the patient’s acuity requires quick decision making.

So are there hopes left for new nursing grads for finding employment in demanding and specialized nursing areas?

It’s quite possible… they just need to be excellent at what specialized positions demand. And this excellency and skill development can be achieved through advanced nursing degrees.

Several institutes and universities offer accelerated nursing programs and many nursing graduates have been able to find good employment after graduating from such courses. The good news for students is that it’s getting progressively easier to enroll in nursing programs online, so individuals who are currently working on low-paying nursing jobs can increase their credentials without abandoning their current pay checks.

Most types of nursing degrees are available in accelerated programs to students, ranging from licensed practical nursing to doctor of nursing practice. Online schools are also allowing students to attain a part of the degree in an accelerated manner, which has raised the enrollment rate in second degree nursing programs such as bachelors of science in nursing and master of science in nursing.

Accelerated programs can prove to be the difference maker

As mentioned above, accelerated programs are ideal for further skill development, but they offer other benefits including:

1. Shorter graduation time

The curriculum in most accelerated programs can be completed within a year or two, provided that the enrolled student already holds a bachelor’s degree. Accelerated nursing degrees can therefore be attached quickly and land the nursing graduate in a specialized role sooner rather than later.

2. Experience in practice settings

Employers are partnering with accelerated schooling providers to find qualified nurses, so students may be able to find employment sooner than they expect. Some recruiters also keep tabs on such programs, as they see it as a great mechanism to fill in specialized positions, even going on as far as to offer tuition repayment to some of the new recruits.

3. Quick route to licensures

Accelerate programs in baccalaureate provide the quickest option for adults to obtain a license of a RN (registered nurse). This provides a fast-track option for many second-degree students looking to transition to a higher paying career. Options to pursue such programs are available in more than 43 states.

As evident, accelerated nursing programs can enhance nursing careers and provide a much-needed boost to the credentials of new grads.

Comments

  1. Lindy says

    Interesting this post popped up because I am in a tug of war of deciding 2 year BSN – MSN or 1 year BSN-MSN (non nurse degree program). I thought the 1 year would give me edge but the problem I found is that people who do not have a lot of experience jump in accelerated programs and tend to have a harder time finding jobs if they are not properly connected. I have decided although I have phlebotomy, CNA, NICU exp’ that I will complete the traditional two years which means more money but more time to actually make connects get externships and do other things to help enhance my degree and experiences. I truly loved this article and really excited that I am a follower of this blog because it will bring me a lot of help on deciding things and realizing things in the nurse profession.

  2. says

    @Robinetta M. Garcia-Hrbek  you are correct! So much of the reason it’s hard to get into nursing school is because there aren’t enough staff.

    Research has shown that nurses with more education decrease mortality in patients.
    There are also hospitals that want Magnet status, and they have to have a certain percentage of BSN prepared nurses and I believe no LPN nurses on staff. I am not an expert at Magnet status, however, so someone who knows more about it is welcome to chime in. :)

  3. says

    @Bethany de la Cruz  the biggest thing is that it will get you licensed sooner. Also, if you get an associates degree, getting your BSN through an accelerated program can give you an edge over other candidates.

  4. says

    This is something I’ve always wondered if there were any advantages to.  Common sense tells that there is an advantage in some instances to completing an accelerated nursing program, but I’d love to see an extensive study.  Great information and thanks for posting.  Definitely gives students just getting started or continuing through a bridge program a lot to consider!

  5. Robinetta M. Garcia-Hrbek says

    I got my Associates Degree in Nursing during a time of great controversary regarding entry level nurse hiring. The magazines and discussion made me feel bad about my nursing skills as an ADN. So I went and got my BSN and am currently working on my MSN. Also don’t forget teaching they need Nurses to teach so badly that is a main reason why programs have such long waiting lists. And if your a LPN take a bridging course to RN as soon as possible to increase your nursing pathway.

  6. Jessica Celeste Deschaines says

    Great article, and incredibly pertinent to me. I’m starting the process of getting pre-reqs out of the way starting in the fall so that I can do the nursing school thing :-) Thanks, and sharing.

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