Watch and listen as Angie Ballenger, B.S.N. discusses her own personal experiences as a heart transplant ICU nurse and why her working environment is so critical at UAB Hospital.
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Once you have gotten your education, you will need to be licensed as either a LPN/LVN, and Advanced Practice Nurse, or a Registered Nurse (RN). In order to qualify, you must pass your state’s examination. Many RNs will also choose to get certifications in their specialty areas.
There are more nursing employment opportunities than you can imagine. Along with the more visible nursing careers you may be familiar with, there are opportunities in acute care, oncology, psychiatric, pediatric, hospitals, emergency rooms, surgery just to name a few.
Moreover, Victoria O’Donnell, dean of science and technology at Canada College in Redwood City, CA says their school offers a bachelor’s degree in nursing in partnership with San Francisco State University in addition to medical assisting, radiologic technology, and health science. “Our core science programs have been impacted by student demand to enter medical fields,” she says. “We’ve had to add biology, chemistry and organic chemistry courses in the last year.”
Jobs that used to be handled by a physician are taken care of by nurse practitioners. In addition, nurse anesthetists do much of the work that anesthesiologists did, and registered nurses are required to perform a variety of functions, from administering medicine and taking vital signs to helping a patient to the restroom.
Everyone from CNN to Kiplingers is calling nursing the “recession-proof” profession. While other job markets are shrinking, it seems that the need for nurses has continued to grow during this economic downturn. This is great news for those who have already made nursing their profession and excellent food for thought for those who are trying to decide where their career path should take them.
For nurses who will be taking on the typical responsibilities of a home nurse, standard nursing school requirements are usually sufficient. A two- or four-year RN degree either at the Associate or Bachelor’s level in conjunction with one year of clinical experience is usually enough to start working as home nurse, although some of the higher-end home nursing centers may require advanced degrees.
Travel nursing is a high-demand career, which means that the reins are in your hands. As long as you work with an agency that is reputable and employee-focused, you should encounter great opportunities for growth and exploration in your career – and your life.
Filling the nursing pipeline with enough RN’s to care for our rapidly growing patient population, has quickly become an exercise in problem solving involving lawmakers from all states and working at all levels of government.