How to Choose the Best Nursing Degree for You

Best Nursing DegreeBy Shanna Shafer

Good day!

My name is Shanna Shafer. I am a Registered Nurse and I work with a nursing education website that provides current and future nurses with resources and access to educational options across the United States. I’ve spent over ten years in the field, caring for patients and educating communities, and would love nothing more than to see the next generation of nurses do the same.

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics the nursing profession is expected to grow by 20 percent through the year 2020, which means that now is a great time to begin or advance in your nursing career. But many of those looking to enter the field get confused by all the options they see. Over and over, they just want to know, how can I become a nurse?

Since I know first hand how confusing it can be to figure out the path to becoming an RN, I recently wrote and added a valuable resource page to our redesigned website, which outlines exactly how to become a Registered Nurse. I created this page as a simple and easy to read resource for all the potential nurses out there!

At Best Nursing Degree, we know the many challenges current and future nurses face. Whether you’re a working nurse looking to further your education and career, a professional wanting to make a career switch into the nursing field, or simply someone who is ready to take your first steps to becoming a nurse, we have resources that can help you.

We’re here to help you answer questions like:

  • Which school is right for me?
  • Should I earn my degree or certification online?
  • Which program or degree is right for me?
  • What nursing specialty is right for me?
  • How am I going to pay for my education, and what scholarships am I eligible for?
  • Do I have what it takes to be a good nurse?
  • What are the benefits of becoming a nurse?

At, our mission is to help you answer these questions, and ultimately to connect you with the nursing program that’s right for you.

Scholarships for Nursing Students

Are you ready to chase your dream of becoming a nurse, but aren’t sure how you’ll pay for your education? wants to help! That’s why we’re offering a $2500 nursing scholarship to one lucky winner. Our scholarship is awarded four times per year, each time to one lucky individual. Want to be considered? It’s easy! Just fill out the form at

If you’re ready to take the first (or next) step in a promising career in nursing, get started by applying for the $2500 scholarship. After each deadline passes and winner is selected, you’re able to complete a new application to be considered for the next round.

Just be ready to answer these three questions:

  1. Explain why you decided to pursue a nursing career? (1000 characters limit)
  2. Explain why you feel you should be chosen to receive a nursing school scholarship? (1000 characters limit)
  3. What do you feel are the most important issues facing nurses these days? (1000 characters limit)

Next Deadline: April 30, 2018

I’d love to get the word out so we can continue to grow the nursing profession and expand the role of nurses in health care. Please let me know if I can help in any way.

–Shanna Shafer RN, BSN

About Shanna

Shanna has progressed through the nursing education and career pathways, beginning as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She earned her Associate’s Degree in Nursing, then successfully completed an RN to BSN bridge program while working full-time and raising a family. She began Graduate Nursing studies in 2011, entering a Master’s of Science in Nursing program with an emphasis in Healthcare Quality. Shanna has cared for patients in several different settings: Home Health and Hospice, a Burn and Wound Care Center, and a federally funded Community Health Center. Shanna has also volunteered her nursing services at schools, clinics and philanthropic organizations, and served as a faculty PhD research assistant, demonstrating her love of academia. Shanna identifies herself as a lifelong learner, and believes that high quality education is essential to promoting and supporting the profession of nursing. She is currently combining her love of writing and nursing as Managing Editor / Website Manager at

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