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Transcript of RN Career
What are your job duties? To provide patient care, pain management and assist in increasing mobility and independence.
How long have you been is this field? I have been a Registered Nurse since 1991. I have worked in Orthopedics for the last 7 years
How did you get in to your field? I first became a Licensed Vocational Nurse in 1986. I decided to continue my education and became a Registered Nurse in 1991. Three Basic Training Programs How to become a Registered Nurse. Starting Out Requirements On the way to becoming an RN first you need a highschool diploma. The main courses you should focus on are mathematics, science, biology, chemistry, and physics. Also health courses and a nursing program if the school provides that will be helpful. An Associate Degree in Nursing (A.D.N) is awarded after a two year study program. It is usually offered at a junior or community college. There are approximately 864 A.D.N programs in the United Stated. Diploma Timeline Licensing Examination Associate's Degree A Diploma Program usually last for three years. It is conducted by Hospitals and Independent Schools. Although the number of these programs are declining The timeline course often varies according to the individual's education path of the choice and speed of the student. It also depends on how long it takes to enter the profession. There are two and four year institution. Bachelor's Degree There are approximately 647 Bachelor Degree programs in nursing in the United States. This requires four (in some cases five) years to complete. Which the will receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N) At the end of each program you become a graduate nurse, but to become an RN you must pass a licensing examination required in all states. Nurses may be licensed by more than one state. Some states continuing education is a condition for license renewal. Registered Nurse Career Always Learning Employment Work Hours Finding a Job Employment Places for RN's Pay Rates Unemployment Employment Bottom salary: 44,190
Median salary: 64,690
Top salary: 95,130 The unemployment rate right now is at 5.5% in the nursing field. California, Florida, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania are the best places to find a job for a Registered Nurse. Usually nurses work 8 hour shifts. Those in hospitals generally any of three shifts:
7 A.m.-3 P.m.
3 P.M.-11 P.M.
11 P.M.-7 A.M.
Nurses spend much of the day on their feet, either walking or standing With becoming an RN you should always have a strong desire to continue learning, because new tests, procedures, and technologies are constantly being developed within medicine. Largest Field The nursing field is the largest of all health care occupations and employment prospects for nurses are excellent. There are approximately 2.4 million Registered Nurses employed in the United States. Nurses are employed by hospitals, managed-care facilities, long-term care facilities, clinics, private homes, schools, and government agencies. In the United States there are 1 out of 5 nurses who work part time. Work Cited Ferguson. Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance. New York, NY: J.G. Ferguson Publishing Company, 2008. Print.
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Walker, Kim. “Reaching for the Stars: Career Advancement and the Registered Nurse.” International Journal of Nursing Practice 11.4 (2005): 185-190. Academic Search Complete. Web. 6 Nov. 2012. Diploma What educational background required for a job in your field? The Field of nursing has a wide variety of educational Opportunities. The starting point for nursing begins at the License Vocational level LVN, Associate RN, Bachelor RN up to Masters and PhD Prepared RN's. There are advanced levels of nursing like the Nurse Practitioner who can run an office and write prescriptions under the sponsorship of a Medical Doctor. The field of nursing depends on the initial level of commitment and achievement. Once a degree is achieved it can be built upon either in class or on-line advancing your degree and opening doors for new opportunities. What additional educational background is recommended for a job in your field? Nurses are able to take State Certification Exams for every area of nursing from Medical-Surgical to Orthopedic, Oncology or Hospice, as a few examples. These Exams require extensive studying and are designed to be difficult. Once achieved you are considered an "expert" in that field of nursing. These certifications require Recertification to include advancements in that speciality area. What would be considered an entry-level position in your field? The Nursing field is leaning more towards having Bachelor Prepared RN's. A Licensed Vocation Nurse and a Bachelor RN could be working side by side performing similar job duties. In areas of nursing such as Long Term Care the Director of Nurses could be an experienced Licensed Vocational Nurse up to a Registered Nurse with a Masters Degree. What does the future hold for the field? Technology has assisted in decreasing errors in nursing by having information at your finger tips. Technology will continue to grow. These changes usually assist to improve job performance. Would you recommend a job in this field? Why/why not? Yes. Nursing can be a rewarding career. Meeting the needs of the ill can also be challenging. If you can balance the challenge with the reward nursing is a excellent choice. In the field of nursing there are opportunities to change the type of nursing that you do. These changes could be due to achieving a higher level of education or just that you desire a change Do you project such jobs locally, regionally, nationally? The area of nursing has become popular making it more difficult to find a job in certain regions. In nursing you may have to start out in an area that was not your top choice, however, in time that opportunity will become available and the knowledge you learned along the way will stay with you forever. Would you recommend a job in this field? Why/why not? Yes. Nursing can be a rewarding career. Meeting the needs of the ill can also be challenging. If you can balance the challenge with the reward nursing is a excellent choice. In the field of nursing there are opportunities to change the type of nursing that you do. These changes could be due to achieving a higher level of education or just that you desire a change