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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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    reneeruth

    over 6 years ago

    4 comments

    i am 27 and i live in trinidad & tobago in the caribbean. i will like to become a registered nurse. how or where do i start.

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    oogie

    over 6 years ago

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    Honestly, as a former cna, ( I let my cert. lapse), Most states require that every aspect of the learning process, and curriculum, be under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse, always an rn. And they have to meet certain certification requirements with a states licensing board of nursing. Usually, an Rn with a BSN in geriatrics. Best place to get a cna license, is a long term care facility, or nursing home, as they are usually refered to. Most of these facilities have a huge turnover in the CNA staff, so they have a percentage of the students work for them for a set time, contracted out , of course, and if you do that, you can get most, if not all the schooling for CNA certification, for no cost, not including license fees, of course. Best thing to do, is to go to your particular states board of nursing website, and they should have the particulars on hand for your information. Happy Hunting!

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    antone60

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I need to find an online school for CNA,i realy want to get my certification,can someone help.

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    lakyia

    over 6 years ago

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    I'M GOING TO BE 18 ON TUESDAY OF THIS MONTH. I WOULD LIKE TO BECOME A LPN, THE FIELD I WANT TO WORK IN IS LABOR/DELIVERING BECAUSE I THINK IT WILL BENEFIT ME. I ALSO WANT TO BE A TRAVELING NURSE. IS THERE ANY WAY I COULD GET THINGS STARTED? I HAVE ALREADY DID I DAY OF VOLUNTAR WORK AT THE HOSPITAL IN THE WOMAN PAVILLION BUT I NEED TO KNOW WHERE TO START. OH MY PLAN IS TO GO TO ECU FOR NURSING.

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    queenzsweetgurl

    over 6 years ago

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    Im going to be 18 in 1 month and i am considering nursing

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    aby

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    really good info i want to become a registered nurse.

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    mashell4

    over 6 years ago

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    I would like to become a crna, I feel that this would be a profession I would excel at, Is there any where or websites that I could learn more about this type of nurse?

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    shegzybanty

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Is there any way i could get things started and later work to pay-off ?

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    quenny

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    this all true and is good

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    dmorton

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I will be retiring from teaching in the near future, I enjoy working with people and would like to explore other options. This was a good insight on what nursing could offer.

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    claudia_s

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    i am a 27 year old medical assistant and would like to become a lvn. very good helpful info

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    sonoma

    over 6 years ago

    4 comments

    good info

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    sonoma

    over 6 years ago

    4 comments

    good info

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    charry_lane

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    i need more information on different aspects.but on the other hand,i've learned quite good on it.

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    jaylun

    over 6 years ago

    4 comments

    iwont to become a cna i wont to learn all ican

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