More significant career choices are available when you expand your knowledge, skill sets, and responsibilities. When you earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), you can explore positions that are only available to nurses with a BSN. Today, many companies use software that searches for resume keywords like “BSN” so even if the degree is not required in the job posting, your resume is prioritized.

Advancing your nursing education provides you with a path to promotions; different career opportunities; and positions with more flexibility, autonomy, or remote work possibilities; as well as pathways to give back to your profession. A BSN degree can open up the following opportunities for healthcare professionals:

  1. Leadership Positions

A BSN allows you to advance to nursing leadership, management, or administration roles. The Future of Nursing Campaign calls for nurses to serve in leadership positions at work and in their communities. This call-to-action states that “nurses at all levels need to recognize the value of their distinctive knowledge and be trained for leadership roles, while community organizations, business leaders, and health care providers need to understand the crucial insights nurses bring.”

You won’t necessarily have to change jobs to move into a leadership position, as working toward a BSN shows an employer that you want to better your skills and career. Employers with your best interest in mind value their staff’s continuing education that ultimately improves patient care, incorporates evidence-based practice, and considers new trends in healthcare.

  1. Insurance Company Positions

BSN nurses can be great assets to insurance companies, as they provide expertise in collecting, interpreting, understanding, and translating clinical data. These companies rely on nursing professionals to help with utilization, case, and disease management. Insurance company nurses work in a variety of roles like nurse case manager, who serves as a point of contact to prevent unnecessary costly complications and hospitalization. Nurses who work for insurance companies may also focus on coordinating care, discharge planning, or billing and coding or auditing records. Some positions focus heavily on clinical research and quality standards to help with appeals or denial prevention.

  1. Pharmaceutical Industry Nurse Roles

This role refers to a nurse working in the “industry” with a pharmaceutical or medical device company or a customer care support company. Nursing positions can be in sales, education, advocacy, or research focusing on a particular drug(s), device, or disease. Nurses seek these positions for perks like flexible hours, autonomy, independence, and high compensation packages (salary, bonuses, stock options, and company cars). Most pharmaceutical nursing positions require at least a BSN with several years of experience, and some require further nursing education.

  1. Telehealth Nurse Roles

Consider telehealth nursing if you are looking for a challenging position to keep your clinical skills sharp but want to do so from home. COVID-19 pushed telehealth forward “by a decade,” skyrocketing the need for telehealth nurses. Nurses who enjoy a fast-paced position where they can interact with patients through innovative channels (video or phone visits, wearables or monitoring apps, or patient portals) often excel in these roles.

Telehealth triage is an emerging subspecialty role where nurses field incoming calls from patients, providers, and healthcare organizations. They offer appropriate options for care using their knowledge of the nursing process and software protocols to assess the patient using triage protocols. Then they facilitate communication and referrals to primary care providers, specialists, healthcare facilities, and community resources.

  1. Nursing Faculty Roles

A BSN can be a steppingstone to continue to graduate school, or undertake nursing education roles. Although interest and demand for nursing education are high, nursing instructor shortages are hindering the preparation of the nursing workforce.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) report, several factors contribute to the nursing faculty shortage. First, most nursing faculty members do not start their teaching roles until after the age of 50, so many retire soon after starting. Second, jobs in clinical or private sectors often have more lucrative salaries than educator roles. While various other components contribute to the overall nursing shortage across the U.S., nursing faculty are vital to the success and growth of healthcare.

One of the best aspects about nursing is the endless supply of job opportunities. However, a BSN degree can make some higher-paying, remote, self-directed and personal growth job options more accessible to nursing professionals. Nurses with bachelor’s degrees see expanded opportunities, more earning potential, and better, more inclusive patient care outcomes.

Learn more about Nevada State College’s online RN to BSN program.