A CAREER IN NURSING

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A CAREER IN NURSING . Becoming a Registered Nurse (RN). Credentials . You need a high school diploma to enter nursing school Some nursing schools require a pre-admission test called the National League for Nursing (NLN) Pre-admission Exam . - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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A CAREER IN NURSING

A CAREER IN NURSING Becoming a Registered Nurse (RN)

Credentials You need a high school diploma to enter nursing schoolSome nursing schools require a pre-admission test called the National League for Nursing (NLN) Pre-admission Exam.Credentials can be acquired by completing one of these three programs offered at many registered nursing schools:Associate degree in nursingBachelor's of science degree in nursing Nursing diplomaThe most popular program is the associate's degree in nursing, which takes an average of two-to-three years to complete.After completing any of these programs a nurse must pass a national licensing examination (NCLEX-RN) NCLEX exam, also known as the National Council Licensure Examination, is a standardized exam that each state board of nursing uses to determine whether or not a candidate is prepared for entry-level nursing practice.Job RequirementsRegistered nurses (RNs) make up the majority of workers in the health care industry. They hold a position of seniority over licensed practical nurses and nursing assistants and are often in charge of assigning tasks in a hospital environment.Being a registered nurse can be both a challenging and a rewarding profession. Some RNs work evening, weekend or on-call hours, and are exposed to a variety of medical conditions. But they also have fairly lucrative salaries as well as the satisfaction of making a valuable impact on the lives of patients and their families. RNs can also have quite diverse jobs, depending on their work setting and area of expertise.Some of the job requirements include; observing and recording patient medical history and symptoms Establishing a plan of care for patients or adding to an existing one then putting the plan into action Managing and assigning tasks to licensed practical nurses and nursing assistants Advising and providing emotional support for patients and their families

SalarySalaries can range from about 37,000 to 83,000 annually depending on the specific specialty as well the years of experience a RN has.

Advanced DegreesDegree Completion Programs for RNs:(RN to BSN/RN to MSN) Hundreds of bridge programs are offered for nurses with diplomas and ADN degrees who wish to complete a Bachelors or Masters degree program in nursing. Many programs are offered online and in flexibleformats designed for working nurses.

Masters Degree: (MSN) Master's degree programs prepare nurses for more independent roles such as Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse-Midwife, Nurse Anesthetist,or Nurse Psychotherapist. Doctoral Degree:(PhD, EdD, DNS, DNP) Doctoral programs prepare nurses to assume leadership roles within the profession, conduct research that impacts nursing practice and health care, and to teach at colleges and universities.

Post-Doctoral Programs: Post-Doctoral programs provide advanced research training for nurses who hold doctoral degrees. Currently, 24 research-focused universities across the country offer post-doctoral programs in nursing.

RewardsVery gratifing job because you focus on the care of othersWell paidMany oppurtunities for advancementGreat benefits

Works CitedEvangelist, Thomas A.; Orr, Tamra.; Unrein, Judy. Publication: New York McGraw-Hill Professional, 2009. Product ID: 251051 eBook ISBN: 9780071599382 ISBN: 9780071599375