St. Vincent's College (SVC) received approval to offer a four-year degree in nursing, and will allow practicing nurses to enroll in online classes starting in January 2010. The program requires occasional Saturday lab courses and sessions requiring clinical study.

More hospitals are requiring nurses to have a bachelor's degree, as patients who have been cared by nurses with a four-year degree are often more likely have successful recoveries, Joanne Wolfertz, vice president and dean of SVC told Connecticut Post. The degree gives students a broader education and is designed for those who have attained an associate's degree.

A bachelor's degree or higher training is becoming necessary for administrative positions, individual research as well as consulting and teaching jobs in the nursing field.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), registered nurses' (RN) responsibilities vary. With some RNs teach patients how to control their illnesses or injuries, while others help run general health screens and immunization clinics.

The BLS identifies the job outlook for nursing as excellent, as employment in this field and is expected to grow by 22 percent by 2018. Currently, RNs account for 2.6 million jobs in the U.S.

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