Interested in a nursing career? Want to know what salaries they make, what the job outlook is or what training is required?
To help answer these questions an overview of nursing careers is provided here. Additionally, you can search for nursing schools and nursing programs in your area. Links are also provided to access more detailed career information on nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses and registered nurses.
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Nursing Job Description: Nurses are an integral part of the health care team. They work alongside other members of health care teams to promote health, prevent disease and assist patients in coping with disease. Nursing assistants provide basic care for patients in hospitals and facilities such as nursing homes. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) provide basic bedside care, measure and record patients vital signs, prepare and give injections and enemas, monitor catheters, dress wounds, and give alcohol rubs and massages. Registered nurses (RNs) assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records.
Nursing Job Outlook: Nursing job prospects are expected to be good. Nursing assistants and registered nurses (RNs) can expect job growth of 20% from 2010 to 2020. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) can expect job growth of about 22% over the same period. Factors influencing nursing job growth include advances in medical technology, more emphasis on preventative care, an aging population, impending retirements of nurses, and the Affordable Care Act.
Nursing Training: Nurse assistant training requirements generally include at least a high school diploma, a postsecondary certificate or award, supervised clinical work and passing of their state’s competency exam. Certificate programs generally run 6 to 12 weeks. LPN training typically lasts about a year, includes both classroom and supervised clinical practice and leads to an LPN certificate. They also must pass an exam and get a license before they can work. RN training can take one of three paths: a bachelor's degree in nursing, an associate’s degree in nursing, or a diploma from an approved nursing program. They must also become licensed by passing a national licensing examination.
Nursing Salaries: The median annual nursing assistant salary was about $24,000 in 2010. The median annual 2010 LPN salary was about $40,000 and the median annual 2010 RN salary was about $65,000.
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