Nurses need is increasing, especially in the workplace. Those who want to work inside the medical profession can take an education, with 2 main careers: a licensed practical nurse or a registered nurse.
Lesson programs prepare students for a variety of medical duties depending on the career level students want to enter. Depending on the college and the program education can last anywhere from one to four years. LPN programs on average take one to two years and an RN program lasts four. Deciding on what program to take is up to the student’s career goals.
LPN’s work under the direction of an RN or a doctor and perform basic medical care. The main job duties include:
Taking a patient’s vital signs
Prepping and administering patients for medical injections
Collecting and perform basic lab tests
Monitoring patients for any negative reactions to medication or treatment received
Professional work is generally conducted in an overall medical setting where LPN’s work with patients on their medical visits, comfort levels, and medical information forms.
LPN programs contain courses on biology, anatomy, physiology, nutrition, and psychology. Medical procedures and pharmacology skills are gained inside specific courses and clinical hours. Lesson programs prepare students for licensure. All students are required to pass the NCLEX-PN exam, which covers four main medical categories. Safe and effective care environment, health maintenance, psychosocial integrity, and physiological integrity makes up the exam categories that prepare students for professional work.
The second option for a nursing major is an RN program. Students either start education at this point or continue to this level of education after working a few years as an LPN.
RN’s conduct a wide range of clinical activities while working directly with doctors on patient care. The general job duties include:
Performing diagnostic tests and analyze results
Tending to patients after treatment and work with them on rehabilitation
Educating patients on self-medication, exercise, diet, and symptoms of disease
RN’s perform many clinical duties on top of their general tasks. The clinical duties of an RN are completely dictated by what type of setting they work in or if they have a specialization in the field. For example, a critical care specialization has the RN treating patients that are severely injured and need special care. Education focuses on preparing students to take on more responsibility and tasks for general clinical practice and their specialization. Microbiology, pharmacology, health policy, nursing theory, and medical procedure are courses that are taken within a four-year program to become an RN. These two lesson programs are the main ways of earning an education.
The available schooling options are vast and students can start by researching what type of lesson program is right for them. The field of nursing needs educated individuals and many accredited colleges provide the path to get students from the classroom into the workplace. Full accreditation is provided by agencies like the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (http://www.nlnac.org) to programs that offer students a quality education. Start education now and become an important member of a medical team.
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