Working as an RN, or Registered Nurse, can be a very rewarding career. You get to work with patients and doctors, exercising both your problem-solving skills and your compassion for others. If a career as a registered nurse interests you, here is what you need to know.
Just Starting Out? Look Into CNA and LPN Training
If you have no current education or experience in nursing, you will need to obtain at least an associate degree in nursing, and pass an exam known as the NCLEX in order to become a registered nurse. However, you do not need to be an RN in order to work in the field of nursing. There are entry-level nursing jobs which many people reach out for in order to make money while working on their RN license. LPN and CNA are the two most common entry-level nursing positions.
A CNA, or Certified Nursing Assistant, does not require a full two-year degree; rather, it is a certification that requires between 8 and 16 weeks to complete. A CNA works under the supervision of a registered nurse or an LPN, and are most commonly employed by nursing homes. CNAs take care of lots of little things for patients, such as assisting them with bathing, dressing and eating. They also provide basic care such as taking vitals.
An LPN is a Licensed Practical Nurse. This license requires one to two years of schooling. Hospitals, doctor’s offices and home health companies all utilize LPNs to a great extent. An LPN is generally supervised by an RN, and can provide patient education, some patient care and medical charting.
Opportunities for nursing, especially for Licensed Practical Nurses, are growing much faster than the national average in the United States. LPN employment is expected to grow 16 percent between 2014 and 2024, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you’re considering a career in nursing, it’s good to keep that in mind!
How to Work While Training to Become an RN
If you have already qualified as a CNA or LPN, and want to further your career by becoming a registered nurse, what do you need to know? It can be difficult to balance your time when you are working and going to school. Finding a good program that has a flexible schedule is important. But just as important is finding a job that will be supportive of your efforts to become an RN. Many healthcare facilities are happy to assist your efforts to further your nursing education, with the hopes that you will continue working for them as an RN in the future.
Aventure’s Healthcare Division employs many people with degrees in nursing, in both permanent and short-term positions. There are many advantages to working the Aventure Staffing, especially if you need that extra flexibility schooling requires. Our job seekers set their own schedules, with the opportunity to work full time, part time or weekends. PTO and health insurance are available for those who qualify. And you will have the opportunity to work at a variety of facilities, giving you a great network of contacts as you start your career in nursing. Learn more about working with Aventure Staffing.