People who have undergone Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and has a license to practice as a nurse in any particular state is referred as ‘BSN’. The nursing profession is one of the booming professions, especially in Texas. An average salary of registered nurse (RN) qualified with a BSN gets paid about 74,000 USD which is 36 USD per hour.
Texas, Medicine, and Regulations
Texas is the second largest and the second most populous state employing the second most number of RNs which include LVN, ADN and BSN holders altogether. Texas has the most of the elite medical centers in the nation. One amongst it, the Texas Medical Centre performs the most heart transplants in the world.
What to study?
To qualify yourself as RN BSN in Texas, you can either do a BSN degree straight after school or do other add-on courses after the associates or diploma. After which you need to take up National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEx) to obtain the License.
There are three main courses when considering to take nursing as a profession.
Licensed Vocational Nurse
It is the entry-level health care provider which is licensed after taking up NCLEx-PN exam. LVNs are entitled to work under Registered Nurses supervision only.
Associates Degree in Nursing / Associate of Science in Nursing
ADN is the lowest possible qualification to take up NCLEx to get licensed as a Registered Nurse. The programme takes a minimum of 2 years to complete. The course deals with nursing, nutrition, anatomy, chemistry and microbiology.
Bachelors of Science in Nursing
This is comprehensive bachelor’s degree program in all the essentials of nursing. The course duration is 4 years and most universities allow the students of this program to work part-time.
BSN Vs other nursing degrees
The differences of opting for BSN over other nursing courses are listed as pros and cons.
- Better understanding and deeper knowledge.
- Better chances to get promoted (like Nurse Manager).
- Eligible for masters in nursing in all majors.
- Better pay than RNs with ADN.
- Longer duration of course.
- Costlier than other courses.
- Difficult to get into the college as BSNs are in high demand.
Moving from other degrees to BSN
There are other ways to get a BSN degree if you already hold a degree. For ADN graduates there is a 2-year program to upgrade to BSN and for degree holders of another major, they can use the subject credits to get the BSN in one or one and a half year if the credit matched the eligibility criteria.
National Council Licensure Examination
The qualifying examination for the RN licensing is common throughout the country. The NCLEx is conducted by a regulatory body, National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). The test plan is based on 4 key values otherwise know as ‘Framework of client needs’ by the NCSBN.
- Safe and effective care environment.
- Health promotion and maintenance.
- Psychosocial integrity.
- Physiology integrity.
The above-mentioned topics are said to cover the fundamentals of the practice of nursing – nursing, caring, teaching/learning, communication and documentation.
In short, to become a BSN qualified RN you need a BSN degree either direct after school or through upgrade programmes and take the NCLEx to get a license in Texas. The license is valid for 2 years and after which it had to be renewed with an application.
Pay Scale for Registered Nurses with both BSN and ADN
The Registered Nurses with both BSN and ADN qualification both fall under the same pay for the beginning years. The starting pay for an RN average of 66,000 USD which is 31 USD per hour which is still 15% higher than LVNs starting package.
In general, RNs make 33 USD per hour, but when BSN are considered they make around 36 USD per hour with 5 to 10 years of experience. This is because RNs with BSN have opportunities to become a nurse manager, clinical staff nurse and specialized nurse. The specialized nurses mean pay per hour in Texas figures to 39.3 USD which is 81,000 USD annually. Other payments than the base pay don’t vary much though.
- Hourly Tips -5.50 USD (avg)
- Over time -7 to 59 USD
- Bonus -101 to 5,500 USD
- Profit sharing -494 USD (avg)
The nurse profession is one of the sought-out profession in Texas as it is the second state with the highest nursing employee base. The nursing industry is said to be requiring 16% more professionals in a decade. With all above factors representing growth, starting a career with a BSN is a good choice.
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