Nurses participate in assisting with health promotion, disease prevention, care provision to those who are coping with illness. Nurses also provide management and leadership in a wide range of settings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nursing (RN) is one of the top occupations with increasing growth and demand.

Job Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists Registered Nursing (RN) among the top occupations for job growth. By 2024, RN job availability nationwide is projected to be greater than 1 million (www.bls.gov). The Texas Department of State Health Service predicts a 54% increase in the demand for registered nurses by 2030.

Job Market Earnings

The average salary for Registered Nurses is $73,550 - The range is $48,690 - $104,100. (www.bls.gov).

Educational Qualifications

Certifications in many specialty areas are available to BSNs in the areas such as Critical Care, Emergency, Maternal/Child nursing and more. A master's degree in nursing is required to teach nursing, while a doctoral degree is preferred. Advance Practice nurses are required to have a master's or doctoral degree. 

Curriculum Guide. To view general education requirements for this major, please visit the catalog.

 

Careers

A degree in nursing opens the door to one of the fastest growing and most-in-demand career fields.  Research supports the increase in quality outcomes when nurses have a bachelor's degree (BSN) and many hospitals are hiring with a goal of all BSN nurses.  Many of Southwestern’s graduates work in specialty areas, leadership and management positions, nursing education, or specialty areas. Many others have completed graduate programs and become nurse practitioners, midwives, or nurse anesthetists. BSN graduates have greater opportunities for career advancement and expanded access to over 100 specialty nursing roles.

Sample Job Titles

  • Staff Nurse
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Nurse Educator
  • Community Health Nurse
  • Flight Nurse
  • Mental Health Clinician
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Case Manager
  • Nursing Director
  • Operating Room Nurse

>1 million

RN job openings nationwide
expected by 2024

Faculty Profiles

Kerrie Kimbrow, DNP, MS

Nursing Department
Associate Professor/Department Chair
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Ron Mitchell, PhD, MS

Nursing Department
Professor
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Jean Alway, MSN, CNE

Nursing Department
Associate Professor
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Fay Foreman, MSN

Nursing Department
Assistant Professor
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Terri Gibson, DNP, MSN

Nursing Department
Associate Professor
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Rima Seaman, Ed.D, MSN, RN

Nursing Department
Associate Professor
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Lakicia Foster, MPH

Nursing Department
Assistant Professor
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Marcia Azevedo, MSN

Nursing Department
Assistant Professor
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Candy Harvey, MBA

Nursing Department
Office Manager/Clinical Coordinator
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Joyce Melius, RN

Nursing Department
Assistant Professor
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