Registered Nurse positions are higher than licensed practical nurses and nursing assistants. Nurses can hold positions in hospitals, doctors’ offices, corporate entities or schools. The work time of this profession is variable. They can work in the evening or on-call hours and face many kinds of medical situations. If you work as an RN, you will be paid well and, at the same time, you will get the satisfaction by having important effects on patient’s lives and their family members.
Other responsibilities are: being responsible for patients’ needs, providing their care, and address their health issues in many conditions such as ambulatory care, intensive care, health care clinics, etc. The variety in its job makes the RN more opportunities to open professional doors especially during the nursing shortage and the need for qualified nurse’s abilities. For those of you who are natural caretakers, this profession can be your career option.
It is estimated that half a million new nurses will be needed by 2018.
As health care reform will focus on preventative care, the demand for nurses will increase, especially with aging baby boomers. Nursing has a spectrum of degrees and levels such as LPN, RN, BSN, MSN, Nurse anethestist, NP, DN. The salary depends on the type of degree and the type of job you choose. It is good advice to choose a discipline based on interest and passion and not based on salary.
Working in hospitals, clinics, and doctors’ offices, nurses help keep patients healthy, treat illnesses and injuries. As health care reform may insure more persons, more nurses will be needed. Hospital nurses are needed 24/7.
Associate’s degree in nursing
Bachelor’s degree in nursing
Median salary: $62,450
Ref: Registered Nurse – A Challenging Career Choice
Marie Coppola February 2013