Nursing may not be the hottest career choice for a large number of medical students, but it certainly is a vast field, and one that is noble as well. If you are a student looking to begin your career as a nurse, you need to be able to map out how you will proceed with your education.
With so many certificates, courses and diplomas offered by institutions, you might get confused and end up wasting your time. To set yourself up for promising nursing future after your undergrad qualification, you can make up your mind about these important levels of nursing degrees.
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
It is a beginner level job in nursing career. CNAs are certified by the state and becoming one is easier than you think. If you have completed your undergrad, you can enroll in a CNA program. Upon successful completion of your course that usually lasts six to eight weeks, you will be awarded with the certificate. You do not need to carry detailed research work to pass, although you might be tasked to write a nursing essay or reflection as institutes conduct a variety of assessment methods.
Although not for experienced candidates, CNA can enable you to find a foot hold in nursing career. The job role for CNAs is pretty straightforward as you will be expected to acting as bridge between medical staff and patients as your job description.
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
To further your career as a nurse, you can enroll in an LPN diploma. The diploma is designed for nurses who have already worked in the healthcare sector and have some experience.
The tasks an LPN will typically have include changing bandages, taking blood pressure and administering drips. If you are already an LPN and have been a working at a hospital or a medical facility, you have a good chance of further your career by getting specialty training, as it will set you up for stepping into fields such as childbirth, IV therapy or developmental disabilities.
Passing a LPN diploma is easier than most students think. Typically, your supervisor will give short nursing assignments to write before you can pass your diploma.
Registered Nurse (RN)
RNs are actually what many people typically consider health staff as nurse. With LPNs and CNAs carrying out most basic tasks at a medical facility, RNs are a group of professionals that is responsible for collaborating with doctors, administering medicine to patients, keeping patient record, carrying plans and a wide variety of important tasks.
To become an RN, you can enroll in two main degrees: BSN (Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing) and ADN (Associate’s Degree in Nursing).
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
In order to become an APRN, you need to have the Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN). With MSN, which you can complete after BSN, you will have varied options for career advancement as a nurse.
Please keep in mind that you need to have work experience as an RN if you are planning to become an APRN.