Texas and the nation are facing a critical shortage of registered nurses (RNs) – More than any other occupation. That’s why LETU and UT Tyler prepare students to meet needs in a field that’s not only bankable (the average RN earns more than 60K per year), but makes an extraordinary difference.
According to the US Health Resources & Services Administration, analysts are projecting a nationwide shortage of as many as one million nurses by 2020. Meeting the nation’s need for nurses is essential, and with an aging RN workforce, new RNs are needed now more ever.
RNs have countless career options. In fact, more than half of UT Tyler nursing students go on to graduate school to become educators, nurse practitioners, nursing administrators and more. As the largest healthcare occupation, registered nurses are employed throughout the nation and around the world.
While most RNs (60 percent) work in hospitals, about 8 percent work in offices of physicians, 5 percent in home healthcare services, 5 percent in nursing care facilities, and 3 percent in employment services. Others find jobs in government agencies, social assistance agencies and educational services.
Education fuels success as a RN. Generally, RNs with at least a bachelor's degree will have better job prospects than those without a bachelor's. With a bachelor's degree, a graduate can pursue career advancement and with graduate school, can become a clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, or nurse anesthetist. Or, they can advance into health services administration or management-level nursing positions.
Learn more about a career in nursing.