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Nursing School

For those who have an interest in medicine and a caring attitude, attending nursing school may be a good option. Although the field of nursing is not for everyone, it is quite a rewarding profession, both personally and financially.

A good nurse combines thorough medical knowledge with the human touch and the capacity to explain facts to a patient with a nurturing attitude. Nursing school can help the potential nurse develop his or her skills and to gain the knowledge needed for the nursing profession.

Many people decide to enroll in nursing school because of the increasing demand for nurses in the US and the rise in nurses’ salaries. Financial considerations, while important, should not be paramount in deciding to attend nursing school, since the profession is quite challenging, but very worthwhile for those who feel that nursing is right for them.

Nursing school requires both academic and practical training as part of its courses. Those who are thinking of applying to nursing school should keep in mind that they will be learning quite a bit of science, and a potential nurse needs to take classes in every scientific category, including:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Behavioral Science
  • Anatomy

A student in nursing school should also be proficient in math. Since nursing school requires a commitment, it is a good idea to see whether or not nursing is right for you before applying. It is worthwhile to volunteer as a candystriper at your local hospital and to get a sense of your working environment and how nurses function in a work atmosphere.

There are several types of degrees you can obtain at nursing school, and the kind of degree you earn depends on your needs and goals.

Many vocational schools offer a AND, which is an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. The course for this degree usually lasts around two years, and involves classroom and on-site work. An associate is basically an assistant to a RN or a head nurse.

Many nurses who begin with associate degrees decide to “upgrade” and to learn to be a registered nurse. It is a good idea to aim for a higher degree early if you feel that you  may want to go to this level, since it will save the time and expense of returning to school later on.

One of the most popular degrees offered at nursing school is a BSN, or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This is a four-year degree, which involves is more in-depth course and practical work than an associate’s degree.

At the end of the course, every student is expected to complete an exam before earning the title of RN or registered nurse. It is alright to take the test again, if necessary.

An APN degree is an advanced nursing degree offered by many nursing schools. It is the equivalent of a Master’s degree and involves specialization in a certain area of nursing, such as pediatrics or oncology.

Some nurses are able to maintain their work schedule while working towards their APN degree in nursing school, while others prefer to take some time off to gain this degree.

There is a great demand for nurses these days, and some nursing schools offer placement opportunities that make it easier for nurses to find jobs.

Because there is a practical component to courses at nursing school, the lack of practical experience most students have when finishing their degrees is not an issue with those completing nursing school.

Many nurses get recommendations from places where they completed their study or internships, or end up working at hospitals where they trained for their nursing degree.

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