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Discovering What Part of Nursing Is for You

Updated on February 21, 2018

Why should I get into nursing?

Well, nursing has always been and always will be a high demand career. There is always a need for nurses somewhere. There are many benefits as to going into the nursing field, such as the reward of helping people and families while also making a decent living at the same time. There are many positive aspects to getting into nursing, it is just a matter of finding what works best for you!

Things to Know Before Getting into Nursing

What are the different types of nurses?

There are so many different types of nurses. Just to name a few there are LPN, RN, CNA, CNS, NP, and much much more. The basic difference is just the area that the nurse specializes in. For example an RN(registered nurse) may work in the er, but a CNA(certified nursing assistant) usually works in nursing homes or may provide in home care. There are many different branches that you can get into, it just depends on the education that you want to achieve as well as the setting that you would like to work in.

What kind of schooling do I have to do?

There are many different and flexible options whenever it comes to schooling. Lets say that you wanted to become a CNA, you could go to a vocational school and pass a state exam and then your done. With the vocational school there are no college courses or credits that you have to earn. Now if you wanted to become an RN or an LPN it is a bit more rigorous.

Steps to Becoming a Registered Nurse

  1. Complete an accredited registered nurse program. In order to become a registered nurse, students must graduate from an accredited program. ...
  2. Take and pass the NCLEX-RN examination. ...
  3. Obtain a state license. ...
  4. Obtain employment as a registered nurse. ...
  5. Pursue additional training or education.

Steps to Becoming an LPN/LVN

  1. Decide Whether to Earn a Diploma, Certificate or Degree. The first step to becoming an LPN/LVN is to decide which type of credential to undertake. ...
  2. Complete an Approved Education Program. ...
  3. Pass the NCLEX-PN. ...
  4. Seek Professional Certification. ...
  5. Enter the Workforce. ...
  6. Consider Additional Training.

How much can I expect to make?

It can vary depending on what field you are getting into. For example, an entry level RN in Baltimore, Maryland makes $28.00 per hour. Entry level LPN can expect to make around $18.00 per hour. On the lower end, entry level CNAs can expect to make around $11.23 an hour. So as I stated, it just depends on where you want to work and which field you want to get into!

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