As the population continues to grow, so does the need for educated nursing professionals.
With such a strong need for nurses many would think it would be easy to get a nursing education. The fact is it may be harder than many people think. Today the United States also has a shortage of nursing educators and this makes many nursing programs hard to get into often with long waiting lists. Even with all these hurdles in place, a nursing career is still a great choice as long as you select the correct carrer path.As with any career you choose, you want to create a plan and timeline so you can advance into a senior position in the future. Below we have provided some general information about how to get started with becoming a nurse. Many people in the nursing industry start their careers by becoming a nursing assistant or nursing aide.
This is a great way to get started in the nursing profession and a nursing assistant usually only requires course work but no diploma. Becoming a nursing assistant may also help an individual get into a better nursing program down the line and provides employment while they are seeking bigger and better things.Becoming a LPN/LVN or Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse usually requires a one year course of study from a vocational school or junior college. The LPN/LVN usually work under the supervision of a physician or RN and usually has more advanced skills than the nursing assistant but can perform less tasks than a registered nurse can. Again, most people who become a LPN/LVN are gaining the experience and knowledge that is necessary to become a Registered Nurse and may use this during future studies.
The next step is becoming a Registered Nurse.RNs require higher levels of study and almost all new nurses have a ADN or BSN degree. Today two typical courses of study are available for registered nurses. The ADN or Associate Degree Nurse has to go through a two year degree program while the BSN or Bachelor of Science nurse requires a 4 year degree.
Today the debate whether all nurses should require a 4 year degree rages on. The high demand for nurses has made a case for keeping the ADN programs around. Today it is recommended to get the BSN because while experience plays a role, many hospitals will pay you based on your level of education.The BSN also will give you a stepping stone for further education into areas of specialization. Today many colleges offer wonderful nursing degree programs.
One major thing you need to make sure of before selecting a program is that the program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the (NLNAC). By selecting a school with accreditation you usually guarantee that you will be able to sit for your boards. Make sure you get professional help before selecting a nursing degree program because not all of them are the same.