Choosing a Nursing School
Careers in nursing are abundant throughout the nation. In fact, there is a reported nursing shortage that is expected to grow even larger in the future. Nursing is the top healthcare occupation in the United States, and career opportunities are widely available. Below are some important things to know and look for in nursing training programs.
Nursing School Accreditation. To train for a career in the nursing field, one must receive training from a specialize school that focuses solely on nursing. Nursing schools are accredited by the National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission and are recommended for all pursing a nursing career. There are other accreditation boards that focus on masters or doctoral level programs or on specific nursing specialties.
Available Degrees. There are several levels of education that can be obtained to work in a nursing field. Diploma programs for Certified Nursing Assistant take about one year to complete. ASN (Associates Degree Nursing) and BSN (Bachelor's Degree Nursing) programs prepare students for certification in order to become a LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) or RN (Registered Nurse).BSN is not required for LPN, but is for most RN's. Other nursing careers include Nurse Practitioner (NP), Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC), and Nursing Master's Degree (MSN, and they all require advanced nursing education on the master's or doctoral level.
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