Nursing Career Information

Written by NS StaffJuly 15, 2011
Nurse Career

Nurses aren't simply Florence Nightingales anymore. Nurses are now expected to be Florence Nightingale, an expert administrator, and a superhero all at the same time. The good news is -- you can do it! You have it in you to be there for patients in crisis and overwhelmed doctors.

The healthcare industry continues to grow while many other career fields suffer, so you have the chance to focus your skills to find the area of nursing where you can do the most good. If you become a certified nursing assistant or licensed practical nurse, you will spend most of your time working directly with patients, ensuring that they feel safe and comfortable while they face medical treatments. As a registered nurse or nurse practitioner, you will be prepared to face all kinds of medical needs without missing a beat. While working as a registered nurse or nurse practitioner, you have the chance to learn more about what skills you bring to medicine. From there, you can decide if you want to specialize in pediatrics, geriatrics, obstetrics, forensics, or any other medical area you enjoy.

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If you do not want to spend five years or more in college to start a nursing career, you can start as a certified nursing assistant. All you need is two to four months of classes. Many trade schools and community colleges have programs set around working students, so you can work as a nurse's assistant while you study to become a registered nurse. These work/study schedules are ideal for nurses who want to test out their skills.

Your career as a nurse can take you around the world. You might work in the traditional hospitals, assisted-living facilities, and clinics. But, you may also choose to work in less conventional locations, such as private homes, university laboratories, churches, and military bases.

The nursing field is wide open right now. It is up to you to find your path!

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