Online RN to BSN: Career Outlook

For Nurses, the Future Is Bright

  • Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow by 15 percent from 2016 to 20261
  • The Institute of Medicine is recommending that 80 percent of nurses have their BSN by 20202
  • 39 percent of hospitals now require new hires to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing, while 77 percent express a strong preference for nurses with BSN degrees3
  • In 2016, over half of the nursing workforce in Illinois was over the age of 55, with one-third indicating they plan to retire within the next five years4

As a BSN-prepared nurse, your skills and experience will be in demand across the nation. You will graduate with the leadership and research competencies to provide your patients with exceptional evidence-based care, and lead within a health care setting.

No matter what area of nursing you wish to pursue, the RN to BSN online program will prepare you for the best opportunities. Simply put, you will be more likely to gain — and retain — the nursing job you seek.

Top Earning Potential

Registered nurses earn a median income of $61,742. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the salary difference between an RN and BSN-prepared nurse can be as great as $30,000 per year.

The increased education and clinical experience you gain at Benedictine University will prepare you for nursing positions like:

Charge nurse$83,590
Nurse Case Manager$68,897
Nursing Director$85,123
Nursing Manager$83,753
Registered Nurse$61,742
School Nurse$48,355

*SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,,; February 2018

Make a Bigger Impact

Reports from the Institute of Medicine and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching show that when a nursing workforce contains a higher percentage of BSN-prepared nurses, patient outcomes improve.

As a graduate, you will have the critical-thinking skills and knowledge necessary to see beyond a patient’s immediate needs. You will be able to design and implement evidence-based plans for patient care, resulting in an enhanced quality of life for your patients and their families.

Additionally, when you move into supervisory and management roles, opportunities arise to influence health care policy and bring about lasting change.

Work In a Location You Love

With your Benedictine University BSN, you will find opportunities available across the Midwest. Nursing jobs requiring a BSN are available all over the heartland, and according to the labor analytics tool, Burning Glass, these five midwestern cities currently provide the most opportunities:

  1. Chicago
    Between April 2017 and April 2018, demand for BSN-prepared nurses in the Windy City was — and is projected to remain — high. Health care systems and facilities like Advocate Health Care, Presence Health, CVS Health, and more posted more than 18,000 nursing jobs over that period, and it is projected that employment opportunities will increase by 10.5 percent by 2026.

    Average Salary: $74,590

  2. Detroit
    Home to facilities within the Henry Ford Health System, St. John Providence Health System, Beaumont Health System, and more, Detroit is full of opportunity for BSN-prepared nurses. Between April 2017 and March 2018, this revitalized metro area posted over 15,000 jobs requiring BSN degrees, with a projected employment growth of 12.4 percent by 2026.

    Average Salary: $73,830

  3. Kansas City, MO
    With a projected employment growth of 13.5 percent by 2026, the need for BSN-prepared nurses is rising in Kansas City. Home to multiple Hospital Corporation of America health care centers, Saint Luke’s Health System, Truman Medical Centers, and more, there have been over 8,000 jobs posted between April 2017 and March 2018 requiring BSN degrees.

    Average Salary: $64,510

  4. St. Louis
    Demand for BSN-prepared nurses in St. Louis is on the rise, with projected employment growth of 13.5 percent by 2026. Health care systems including BJC Healthcare, SSM Health, and Mercy posted over 5,600 nursing jobs that require bachelor’s degrees between April 2017 and March 2018.

    Average Salary: $62,760

  5. Minneapolis
    Minnesota is home to health care systems such as Allina Health, UnitedHealthcare, Mayo Clinic, and more. This quaint metropolitan area posted over 5,000 BSN-required nursing jobs between April 2017 and March 2018, with a projected employment growth of 11.9 percent by 2026.

    Average Salary: $79,310

Learn more about the career opportunities open to you with the RN to BSN online degree from Benedictine University. Request more information or call (866) 295-3104 today to speak to a program manager.

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses, on the Internet at (visited March 31, 2018).

2The Future of Nursing Focus on Education. (2010, October). Retrieved April 9, 2018, from National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine website: Files/2010/The-Future-of-Nursing/Nursing Education 2010 Brief.pdf

3Expectations for Practice Experiences in the RN to Baccalaureate Curriculum (n.d.). Retrieved April 9, 2018, from American Association of Colleges of Nursing website:

4Illinois Center for Nursing Registered Nurse Workforce Survey 2016. (2017, October 18). Retrieved April 9, 2018, from Illinois Center for Nursing website: