Nursing is a major profession in the United States, with more than 270,000 licensed RNs in New York State alone. However, demands of an aging population and the speed of healthcare reform indicate a need for more RNs and an emphasis on the importance of RN to BSN programs in the state. These programs offer leadership skills in a variety of settings and include advanced subjects such as dealing with complex illnesses. RN to BSN programs not only lead to a bachelor of science degree but provide the opportunity to work in many settings, from hospitals and school clinics to airlines, pharmacies, and colleges.
Nurses can pursue the RN to BSN program at numerous state institutions. The State University of New York, for instance, offers courses such as ambulatory and infusion care, genetics, radiology, HIV/AIDS, dermatology, and neuroscience at many locations. Programs such as those at Brooklyn, Buffalo, and Rochester are typical of the extensive course list as well as efforts to meet the scheduling needs of many typical working RNs. Long Island University in Brooklyn has evening as well as day classes to accommodate working nurses. D’Youville College in Buffalo has online courses in addition to those that meet one or two days a week. In Rochester, Roberts Wesleyan College has a program of four-hour-a-week classes for 56 weeks. It also offers an online course that can be completed from any state in 15 months. Many other New York schools offer the RN to BSN program that can be completed online.