It is evident in the news that healthcare professions are in high demand. All over the country, hospitals are in dire need for nurses. Now is the best time to consider a career as a registered nurse. It is a rewarding career that is not as costly as thought of, and also does not take too much time.
Nurses have been around for a long time, aiding people in various ways. Some include helping individuals mentally and physically. It is truly one of the most noble professions on the planet.
For those interested in this sensational career, there are many options worth considering. There are different types of degrees, and career paths. Clearly an exciting and important career, and very much in demand all over.
The four types of nursing areas
There are four basic areas of nursing, with their own set specifications. These are Registered Nurses (RN), Nursing Assistant (CNA), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN). Of course pay levels vary, which is also influenced by the degree of education. For instance, a Master’s degree holder may make more than a Bachelor’s degree holder. But any nursing job pays well, and the rewards are more than just a secure and good paying job. Research if you want to start a nursing career, on what programs best suit you. Let us look at some.
Nursing Assistant (CNA)
The lowest level in nursing is a nursing assistant. The degree does not need lots of money or a formal education. Anyone can become a nursing assistant through trade schools, technical colleges, and community colleges. Once the program is over, a person needs to pass the CNA exam in order to get the NA certification.
Registered Nurse (RN)
A Registered Nurse (RN) involves more time, but the monetary rewards are better. RN’s have more responsibilities and duties compared to the CNA’s. They can come up with individualized plans for each patient, often administering medications in some instances. RN’s are usually required to obtain a Bachelor’s degree, But for some an Associate’s degree will do, but not for the more prestigious hospitals. On the average, the annual salary of an RN in the state of California is about $102,700 (the highest annual salary of any state), compared to RN’s in South Dakota with an annual pay of about $57,000 (the lowest of any state).
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
And another option is to become an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). However, a Masters of Science of Nursing is required. You also have to become an RN first before advancing into this field. Securing a Masters degree will take about 3 years more. APRN’s earn more though, around $124,000, particularly for those who specialize.
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
Another avenue in the nursing field is the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Similar to a nursing assistant, individuals can come from a community college or a technical school. It is a year-long program, after which a National Council License Exam is given. If passed, the individual will be given a certification that will allow them to be called a Licensed Practical Nurse. The average annual salary is just over $48,000, but it is an easy career to get into. Many RN’s start from becoming an LPN. It is more financially rewarding to earn as an LPN while in nursing school for the RN degree.
So if you are interested in a nursing career, research, as there are many options and programs to consider. Whatever nursing degree you decide on, know that there will always be a job available. Hospitals need more nurses, particularly with this pandemic around. Again, it is a noble career, and nurses and healthcare professionals all over are admired and respected.