Why Be A Nurse?

Few careers in life offer the rewards, stimulation and diverse opportunities as a nursing career. A nurse has the unique opportunity to choose from various work environments, including, but not limited to, a busy emergency room, clinic, hospital, surgicenter, school, physician’s office, pediatric, military, research, legal, community service or corporate environments.

There has never been a better time to be a nurse! Statistics show that more than 2.8 million new and replacement nurses will be needed by 2020.* A nursing degree from Chamberlain can mean job opportunities, security, mobility, flexibility and greater earning potential. The money you spend on nursing education today is a solid investment in tomorrow.

Projected RN Positions in the US Through 2020

Projected RN Positions in the US Through 2020

Nurses Are in High Demand

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) recently published employment rates of new nursing graduates by state. Their results show that the average job placement rate for BSN graduates is 65 percent – that's well above the 24.4 percent national average for new college graduates. 

  • Registered Nurse is ranked as one of the top occupations through the year 2012.1
  • More than 2.8 million new and replacement nurses will be needed by 2020 to address the country’s severe nursing shortage.2
  • By the year 2020, there will be an estimated shortage of over one million nurses nationwide.3
  • Approximately 587,000 additional jobs will open for Registered Nurses each year through 2016 – a 23.5 percent increase.4
  • Employment of Registered Nurses is expected to grow faster than any other occupation through 2016.4
  • More than 40,285 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs were turned away from U.S. nursing schools in 2007.5

Get Started Today!

Take advantage of our flexible class schedules, convenient locations and online learning options. You’ll hit the job market with the degree and qualifications you need to get started in and advance a fast-growing nursing field. Financial concerns should never stop you from considering an education. There are numerous possibilities for financing your education: grants, scholarships, loans and more. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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1U.S. Department of Labor and a 2007 Gallup Poll – based on job opportunities, income, career advancement, and overall job flexibility. 2U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. 3U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Monthly Labor Review November 2007. 4The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Monthly Labor Review November 2007. 5AACN’s report 2007-2008 Enrollment and Graduations in Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs in Nursing.

It Pays to Be a Nurse

Compare the Annual Earnings of a Registered Nurse to Other Professions.

Education Level Lifetime Earning Ratio

Over a working life, the typical full-time, year-round employee with a four-year degree earns 60 percent more than one with only a high school diploma. Those with a master’s degree can earn almost twice as much. So, no matter where your child is now, it’s beneficial to add additional education credentials to his/her résumé.

As a nurse, you can make a difference.

There are many career paths, but when you choose the path of becoming a nurse, you choose the path of making a difference. Building on its 120-year history, Chamberlain College of Nursing continues to be at the forefront of quality nursing education. It’s our goal to not only prepare students for clinically proficient nursing careers, but also to take education one step further in helping our students foster personal growth, career mobility, community service and leadership. As a Chamberlain graduate, you will enter the nursing field confident and competent—and ready to make a difference.

Make the most of your time now.

In tough economic times, there are simply more people competing for fewer jobs. Enhanced education and skills will give you the competitive edge to succeed. That’s why going back to school to earn or advance your nursing degree is more important than ever before.

Launch a career with possibilities.

Economic slowdowns and recessions are a reality and can be unpredictable. Healthcare positions, however, remain in high demand. With healthcare reform calling for broader population care coupled with the physician shortage, nurses are in high demand.

  • Currently there about 2.5 million nursing positions nationwide.*
  • Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow faster than any other occupation through 2016.**
* Source: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ** Source: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Monthly Labor Review November 2007