More and more high school graduates are looking into becoming a nurse as jobs in the healthcare sector continue to rise at almost alarming rates. As a vocational nurse you’ll be responsible for patients daily monitoring which can include even the basic things like taking vital signs, changing dressings on wounds and overall patient care. Nurses are the font-line to the patient and it is up to you to make sure the patient is not only taken care of physically but mentally as well. Dealing with family members is also part of the job as you’ll be the voice for so many patients who perhaps can’t communicate.
One of the most frustrating area however is finding the right nursing program. Many of the states have 100’s and are expecting even 1000’s of shortages of nurses over the next 10 years but schools can’t accept as many nurses as they use to. States put a cap on the number of students a particular school can teach and this has caused a backlog for those trying to find a school. One recommendation would be to make sure to put your name on a waiting list early so that if a position opens up you’ll be accepted into the program. Most of the nursing programs at the vocational level will cost between $22,000-$35,000 per year so it is recommended that you shop around. Also make sure to review the schools NCLEX pass rate. This is the passing scores for the school over the last 2-3 years. The higher the number means more of their graduates have passed their exams which is necessary to become a nurse.
RN’s are at the top of the nursing level and the most desired at the hospital. The media pay is $67,490 per year and the US has over 2.7 million registered nurses which is more than the number of elementary teachers. As our county struggles with conditions such as obesity and diabetes and our aging population the need for more nurses is now which makes it a great opportunity for you.
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