If you have a passion for healthcare and want to help people, nursing is an excellent career choice. It can provide you with the opportunity to work in hospitals, clinics, residential care facilities, and physician’s offices.
There are several paths to become a nurse, including the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). ADNs take two years to complete and qualify you for licensure as an LPN or LVN.
BSN programs take four years to complete and prepare you for a more advanced career in nursing. They also give you the chance to specialize in a particular area of nursing, such as pediatric acute critical care or oncology.
MSN programs prepare you to become an advanced practice nurse, such as a clinical nurse specialist or a nurse midwife. These nurses oversee the work of other nurses, educate patients, and lead teams of other nurses in hospitals and physician’s offices.
You’ll spend your time in a classroom and working in a clinical setting, where you learn the theory behind patient safety and best practices. You’ll also be given the chance to put your skills to the test. Through this learning experience, you’ll gain the knowledge and confidence to work in any type of health care facility. You’ll also receive up-to-date IPC and COVID-19 precautions training to ensure your patients are safe and secure at all times. You’ll also have the opportunity to study healthcare systems and policies, and learn how to translate existing research into practice.