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If you are considering a career in nursing, you have many options from which to choose. What type of nursing do you want to do? There are too many specialties and settings to list, but here’s a few. Hospitals are probably where the largest number of nurses is needed, and hospitals offer nurses a variety of positions; a nurse can choose to specialize in one specific area or related areas, or she or he can float throughout the house. In addition to the traditional hospital setting, there are outpatient facilities, day surgery centers, physicians’ offices and medical clinics, schools, long term care facilities, dialysis centers, as well as corporate settings. Nurses are also employed by public health departments, home care agencies, insurance companies. There are also nursing programs directed toward nurses who want to be their own boss and practice as a nurse entrepreneur. An example of this is a legal nurse consultant. These nurses can work on contract for a legal nurse consulting firm, or have their own business and control everything. As you can see there are many options available, and many nursing programs designed to get you where you want to be.
Nursing programs are available for training at various levels. The first is a practical nurse (PN) program that is a year in length; after licensure the graduate becomes a licensed practical nurse or LPN. The next level an associate degree nurse (ADN), which is a two or three year registered nursing program, depending on if the school goes year round or takes summers off. The Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) program is a four year nursing program, which requires a more extensive curriculum, including arts and sciences and nursing management and leadership training in a variety of settings. A BSN RN may then choose to progress with a Master of Science in nursing (MSN) and specialize as a nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist. A doctorate level is also available, as a PhD in nursing.
As with any nursing program, academic preparation and clinical training leads the student through the required course work, enabling graduates to sit for the licensure exam. If you want to start working as a nurse in a reasonable amount of time, you may want to start with a practical nursing program for LPN licensure, then progress to a RN, then to BSN and/or MSN level. More education and more experience will open more doors to more professional opportunities, and with that comes greater monetary compensation. Nursing is a hard job, and sometimes can be a thankless one also, but the rewards are many and the opportunities are endless. Choose a reputable nursing program that offers what you want. If you don’t know, request information online from various nursing programs across the nation to help you make the best choice.
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