Taking the Next Step: How to Advance Your Nursing Career

Nursing is a constant journey. Whether you want your master’s degree, doctorate or change careers entirely, HCPs are constantly looking to advance their station.

Without a plan-of-attack, it will be difficult to get anywhere. No matter your goal, this guide will go over how you can take the next leap in 2023. 


It is no secret that hospitals lean towards accepting nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or higher. This is why RNs with associate’s degrees or diplomas are going back to school to acquire their BSN: to (hopefully) increase their hireability and earning potential.  If this applies to you, this guide is here to help. 

Accelerated BSN

If you want to become a nurse, but you already completed a different bachelor’s course, fret not. Non-nursing bachelor graduates can take Accelerated BSN programs where you can earn your nursing credentials at a faster pace. To learn more, refer to the “How To Become A Nurse If You Already Have A Degree” section of our BSN guide.


A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) opens the possibilities for higher earning nursing jobs, in the future. Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) in particular require an MSN at minimum, and are among the highest paid and most respected RNs in the industry. Our MSN guide covers everything you need to know about getting an MSN degree.


Your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is the highest level of nursing education attainable, at the time of writing. While relatively new, aspiring nurse administrators and APRNs want to keep their eyes out for this terminal degree. Learn more on our comprehensive, step-by-step DNP primer. 

Changing your nursing career

If you wanna move away from clinical nursing work, your nursing experience will carry over to a number of related, non-clinical roles. This list of common nursing career changes is not comprehensive, but it is a great starting point if you are looking for alternatives.