By Alexandra Lilly
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Students partaking in the Rutgers Nursing Program at Camden County College Blackwood campus can expect a number of post-graduate opportunities.
Camden County College and Rutgers School of Nursing have partnered up to start this program for students looking to pursue a bachelor’s degree of science in nursing (BSN). After completion of the program, with a hopeful graduation rate of 100 percent, students have several things to keep in mind.
Robert Strayer, assistant dean for Camden programs and clinical assistant professor of nursing for Rutgers University, says students who graduate from the program can expect a salary of between $55,000 and $65,000 a year in the Philadelphia region. This number has the potential to be higher or lower depending on what area of work they will be going into.
“The job market for newly graduated nurses in the South Jersey and Philadelphia regions is tight, so I recommend to our students that they move to a less served area and gain experience and then return once they have gained more hands-on practice,” Strayer says. One thing for these students to look forward to is that with the baby boomer generation beginning their retirements, there will be an increase in nurses’ services needed.
Strayer also states, “About 30 percent of nurses with bachelor’s degrees go on to get their master’s and that based on their long-term goals, it isn’t always necessary to have a master’s in nursing.” For example, if you want to be a bedside nurse, a bachelor’s degree is fine, but if you are planning on pursuing a higher level of practice, a doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) is an important objective.
New Jersey is also considering adopting New York’s new initiative called the “BSN in 10” which states that new RNs have to obtain a bachelor’s degree within 10 years to keep working in New York. Strayer noted this is something for these new students to keep in mind while pursuing their bachelor’s from Rutgers at Blackwood.