Maybe you dreamed of being a nurse but found yourself in a different career. Or, maybe something recently sparked your interest in the medical field. Either way, you may be wondering, “Should I transition into nursing?”
Reasons to Become a Nurse
Great Job Prospects
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2016 to 2026 job outlook for nursing assistants (CNA), licensed practical nurses (LPN) and registered nurses (RN) is faster than average. In addition, nursing presents multiple opportunities for both career and income growth. For example, with experience and/or continued education, you could advance to become a nurse manager or nurse practitioner (APRN).
If you enjoy helping people, nursing is a wonderful choice. Nurses care for their patients, provide comfort and change lives. They can make a positive impact every day and see the results firsthand.
When it comes to schedules, nurses have lots of options. They can easily fill in shifts to work part-time, full-time, days, nights and weekends. Also, a career in nursing offers numerous on-the-job environments ranging from large urban research hospitals to small rural clinics, as well as from nursing homes to maternity wards.
Steps for Becoming a Nurse
Before you jump onto any new career path, carefully consider your decision. Will you genuinely enjoy nursing, or is this something you only think you might like to do? Test your resolve by volunteering at a nursing home, hospital, clinic or doctor’s office. The Red Cross, Hospice and local fire departments offer opportunities, too. Volunteering will allow you to try your hand at caregiving and make connections with those already in the medical field.
Get Your CNA Certificate
Going back to school takes times and costs money. If you are not 100% certain about your decision or if you are concerned about finances, think about becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) first. To become a CNA, you must enroll in a state-approved education program, receive on-the-job training and pass an exam. This process can take as little as four to 12 weeks. And, if you do decide to continue your education, you can use your CNA job to gain experience and pay for your classes.
Study to Become an LPN or RN
If you have decided you would like to move forward, find and enroll in an accredited nursing school. A licensed practical nurse must complete an approved program and pass the NCLEX-PN exam. This process usually takes about one year. Registered nurses have either a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) or an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), and they must pass the NCLEX-RN exam. This process usually takes two to four years, although some accelerated programs will transfer credits if you hold a degree in another subject area.
Would You Like to Try Out a Nursing Position in Iowa, Nebraska or South Dakota?
Aventure Staffing offers a variety of entry-level opportunities for Certified Nursing Assistants, Licensed Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses. Check out our available openings and launch your nursing career today!