Are you interested in becoming a nurse? Nurses help take care of and treat many different types of people with various health conditions. Nurses are in demand as people continuously need care and continue to age.
Here are the different types of nurses:
To become a registered nurse (RN) you need a nursing degree or a diploma from a hospital-based nursing program. There are two options – you can earn an Associate of Science degree, which can take 2-3 years to complete, or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, which takes four years of study to complete. A hospital-based diploma program takes about 3 years, but may be hard to find.
Students who earn a BSN degree have better earning power than LPN/VPN’s or nurses with either an Associate’s or diploma, but there are plenty of RN-to-BSN programs to choose from once you’ve become a registered nurse. In all aspects of the healthcare industry, your ability to make better pay will increase with your work experience. The average earnings of an RN is between $50,000 to $70,000 annually.
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LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSES/LICENSED VOCATIONAL NURSES
LPN’s, or VPNs, as they’re called in California and Texas, care for patients under the direct supervision of doctors and registered nurses. Licensed practical nurses typically take vital signs, change dressings, prepare patients for tests, give injections, and help patients with bathing, dressing and walking.
To become a licenses practical nurse you must participate in a LPN program, which typically takes up to 12 months to complete. Afterwards, you must take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) to put the “licensed” in your title and qualify you to apply for work as an LPN. Average salaries for LPNs range from $33,000 to $46,000.
CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT
Nursing assistants are the backbone of the direct care and long-term care industries. In nursing homes, long-term care facilities, hospices and hospitals, certified nursing assistants help patients with all aspects of daily living. To become a CNA you must complete at least 75 hours of state-approved training and pass a certification exam. The average hourly pay for CNAs ranges between $9 and $13 per hour.
After Nursing School
Investing in a nursing education is truly an investment in the rest of your life. Once you’ve finished your studies and become licensed to practice nursing, there are plenty of opportunities for professional development within the healthcare field. As an entry level nurse you can work in many different specialties.
Here are some examples of specialized nursing roles:
• HOME HEALTH CARE NURSE
• CARDIAC REHABILITATION NURSE
• ORTHOPEDIC NURSE
• ONCOLOGY OR CANCER CARE NURSE
• PEDIATRIC NURSING
• INTRAVENOUS THERAPY NURSE
• OPERATING ROOM SCRUB NURSE
• OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH NURSE
• PLASTIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY NURSE
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