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1. Attending Nursing School
Career in nursing will put you in a professional medical position. That means you can expect the classes in nursing school to be tougher than most. Many of the classes will be scientific and medical in nature: Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy, and Physiology are examples. The first step in starting your nursing career is maintaining good grades in college, however the next step is your nursing clinicals.
A nursing clinical is required to complete your education. In this advanced stage of your education you are working beside nurses in a medical setting. The nursing clinical that you participate in will be challenging, but hard work and focused study will help you be successful and prepare you to enter your nursing career. More information on attending nursing school: http://healthcareers.about.com/od/whychoosehealthcare/tp/All-About-Nursing-Careers.htm
2. Nursing Career Options:
Career in nursing comes with the perk of being able to specialize in a particular area of expertise. For example, there are nursing specialties in geriatrics, pediatrics, adult health, and even psychiatry to name a few. Most nurses pick their specialty based on areas that are of particular personal or professional interest to them.
Nurses can also work in hospitals, doctor offices, clinics, schools, or even travel and visit patients in their homes. A nursing career could include work in academic, clinical, military, or humanitarian areas. Get more information on Nursing Specialties: http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_nursing_specialties
3. Nurse Salaries
Nursing careers can pay much better than other professions. Indeed.com reports that the average nurse’s salary is $68,000.00 a year (2013), and that average nurse salaries for job postings nationwide are 7% higher than average salaries for all job postings nationwide. Higher pay for nurses reflects the demand for the higher level skills they bring to the workforce.
Pay for nurses can vary widely. While the national average salary for nurses is $68,000.00, a nurse’s specialty, experience, employer, and geographical location can be factors in determining salary. For example, nursing specialists who get certifications make approximately $7.36 more per hour than those who have no specialty certifications, according to Scrubs Magazine. You can learn more about the salaries for nursing careers here: http://www.onlinemsn.usfca.edu/news-resources/msn-resources/nursing-salaries-by-specialty
4. Availability of Nursing Jobs
Those seeking a nursing career face a promising employment scenario. While there are nearly 3 million nurses in the U.S., the Bureau of Labor Statistics says employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 26% from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. One factor fueling this growth is the aging baby boomer generation. People are living longer and leading more active lives.
Hospitals employ nearly 60% of nurses. However, nursing careers in physician offices and home health care companies are plentiful. If you like sunshine you are in luck. California continues to be the number one state for number of nurses employed. Here is more information on the employment outlook for nurses: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Registered-nurses.htm
5. Nursing Career Demands and Benefits
One of the nuances of nursing careers is that only 5.8% of nurses are men. Both male and female nurses will tell you though that a nursing career can be very stressful. Nursing is not just physically demanding, but emotionally stressful as well. You could be closely working with patients in pain and suffering from chronic conditions. Learning to handle work stress in a healthy way is critical to long term success in this field.
Perhaps the most significant perk of a nursing career is that you are improving the quality of your patients’ lives, however, there are also economic incentives. Some benefits can include tuition repayment, overtime pay, and sign on bonuses, working in exotic locations, travel, and all the benefits other employees enjoy.
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