Nursing Career Info

Nursing Career Information

Even in these tough economic times the Healthcare industry is thriving. There are many different career opportunities available in the healthcare industry, all you need is the proper training. You can learn about some of the healthcare fields here.

Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19% from 2012 to 2022.  With that stat in mind, nursing continues to be one of the most stable professions in the medical field.  This is a great time to become a nurse.

What does a Nurses do?

Registered nurses (RNs) care for and educate patients, provide medications and IV drugs, and often work in hospitals, physician’s offices, nursing care centers, and schools. The scope of practice for a RN varies depending on the region, yet a nurse’s primary responsibility is to help individuals and families achieve health and prevent sickness and injury. A Nurse’s duties may include:

  • Perform physical exams and health histories
  • Provide health promotion, counseling and education
  • Administer medications, wound care, and numerous other personalized interventions
  • Interpret patient information and make critical decisions about needed actions
  • Coordinate care, in collaboration with a wide array of healthcare professionals
  • Direct and supervise care delivered by other healthcare personnel like LPNs and nurse aides
  • Conduct research in support of improved practice and patient outcomes

What kind of certification will I need?

To become an RN, a nurse must obtain either a bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree, or a diploma from an accrediting nursing program at a college or university. Additionally, RNs become fully certified by passing a national licensing exam, the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). The examination tests medical knowledge and skills necessary to practice nursing effectively at the entry level.

What salary can I expect to earn?

According to Salary.com.  The median salary of Registered Nurses (RN) is $75,733.  There are many factors that go into your specific salary like experience, and location.

How long will I be in school?

You can become an RN with a two-year associate’s degree, a four-year bachelor’s degree, or a master’s degree that will take two additional years to obtain. A nurse must subsequently pass their respective state’s NCLEX examination.

*Information from American Nurses Association

 

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