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Learn About Being a Nurse

Learn About Being a Nurse

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Considering Nursing?

Nursing is the largest health care profession in the US, with over 2.9 million RNs nationwide. Because nurses are involved in every type of health care need from basic health to acute care, every nurse has followed a specific path of education to become an RN and develop an expertise.

Not sure where you fit? This guide was designed to educate you about our profession and help you identify the path to becoming a nurse that calls to you!

Nursing In America
  • 2.4 million Registered Nurses

  • 92% Percentage of RNs That are Women
  • 624,000 Projected growth in RNs (2002 – 2012)

What do Nurses do?

Although work settings and clinical populations may differ, all nurses are trained to perform the following duties:

Treat patients and alleviate their suffering

Educate patients and families about care and wellness

Provide emotional support to patients’ family members

Record patients’ medical histories and monitor symptoms

Help perform diagnostic tests and medical procedures

Operate medical machinery

Administer treatments and medication

Where do Nurses Work?

Hospitals 56%

Community Health Clinics 14.9%

Ambulatory Care 11.5%

Would You Survive Your 1st Year as a Nurse?

1. What is most important to you?

Making money
Saving lives
Getting great benefits
Being happy
Making a difference

Nursing Homes 6.3%

Nursing Education 2.6%

What Advanced Nursing Careers Are There?

An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) is a global term used for the following specialization areas. All APRNs have a masters degree and met clinical practice requirements for their specialization.

Nurse Practitioner (NP) Nurse practitioners are able to deliver a wide range of primary care, preventive health, and women’s health care services, prescribe medication, and diagnose and treat common minor illnesses and injuries.

Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) Nurse-Midwives provide well-woman gynecological and low-risk obstetrical care.

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Include specialization in treating various physical and mental health problems, and also work in consultation, research, education, and administration.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) Administer more than 65% of anesthetics given to patients annually.

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    garc2527

    over 5 years ago

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    I care very mmuch for people

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    michelleansley

    over 5 years ago

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    very statistical

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    astorganadia

    over 5 years ago

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    I have attended college for heading towards a nursing degree, but the wait is so long and now longer considering things have changed. i am currentley a Cna/specialist, but my goal is to become an Rn, alot has changed in the college I've attended in the past but i still wanna do this, I just need advice on easier steps or ways........if any!

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    adprickett

    over 5 years ago

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    Hi there! I am a single mother looking to start research as well as complete course work to obtain an ADN. I have a bachelor in journalism but that is not getting me anywhere. While attending college I worked full time in the er as a registrar/technician and absolutely loved it. I had to move back home when my husband and I separated. I do not know a lot of people in the medical profession but I am trying to get my foot in the door to get experience. Any suggestions?

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    mandyandrj

    over 5 years ago

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    OMG IT IS HARD BUT I CAN DO IT!

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    cookiemonster03

    over 5 years ago

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    My name is Lupita, i am 16 years old. I would love to go into the medical fields.i want to go to a university,since i was born premature, i would like to be a rn for premature infants,but i don't know what steps i should be talking to get there,i would like to find out for information please and thank you

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    Patti59

    over 5 years ago

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    I have worked in the medical field in various capacities for 29 years. Caring for others is what I have always done best and nursing would be the most rewarding to mr.

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    jaflo

    over 5 years ago

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    I have always loved caring for others. I'm wanting to find all I need to accomplish this choice as nursing would be the ultimate for me.

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    Crbarker

    over 5 years ago

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    I would like to become a nurse I like helping people and others things that a nurse does

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    pat1979

    over 5 years ago

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    I'm trying to get enrolled in school for nursing, please help

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    tajasmom

    over 5 years ago

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    Its very hard for me I wonder if I will ever pass

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    diprod

    over 5 years ago

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    well lust come in to the country and all my life is to be a nurse but i dont know what to do and how am am going to start here in united state.can somebody pls help me out.thank you

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    akakentucky

    over 5 years ago

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    i am on the waitlist at a 2 year nursing program where i live...i have a bachelors degree in psychology, and am currently taking a CNA class.... is it worth it to go through being a CNA when i am already in the RN program??? Should I do LVN in the meantime? My projective start date for RN pgm is fall of 2010 due to the waitlist...
    what do i do!?

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    ababynurse

    over 5 years ago

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    I feel so blessed to have found this website.I am a 47 yr. old single mother with big dreams and I'm going to be a nurse! I have been a caregiver for the last 12 yrs. I did a crazy thing and let my CNA license lapse, although I know within my spirit I'm supposed to be a nurse. My goal is to be a Midwife and deliver healthy babies at home. The thing is I don't know where to start. I also need help with tuition. Please help!

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    mya

    over 5 years ago

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    In intrested in becoming an RN but some people tell me that is better to become an LVN first then an RN. Right now im the bread winner from the house my husband is at school and he finishes in june 2009. So after he starts to work i would like to go back to school but i want to know if the mean time should i go to college to get my math and english out the way or wait if some one could help me decide . thanks

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