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Examples of likes and dislikes:
"provides opportunities for various shifts and areas of practice such as acute care, home health, research, private practice, out-patient surgery, and consulting. Another advantage of nursing is the opportunity it affords you to travel the country with help of various staffing agencies."
"trying to do an adequate job in providing care for patients with limited staffing and resources. Healthcare is a mess and much work is needed to improve the system of care in this country."
Nurses may be categorized by the level of education or degree that they hold. A wide variety of accredited nursing programs at vocational schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities are available to meet the varying needs of students. Nursing careers such as LPNs generally only require one year of study and training, while RNs must have earned an associate or baccalaureate degree, or a diploma program at a hospital. Nurses may choose to become certified in specialties such as pediatrics, oncology, and gastroenterology, among many other areas. Finally, before practicing, nursing graduates must take licensing exams, such as the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) or for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses (RNs) constitute 2.6 million jobs, the largest occupation within healthcare, and are projected to have faster than average growth from the period 2008 to 2018.
Individuals interested in a career in nursing should have strong communication skills in order to interact with patients as well as other doctors and health care members. Nurses need to be able to explain medical instructions and information clearly to their patients, have good listening skills, and have patience when dealing with patients in various capacities. In addition, nurses should be detail-oriented and have strong organizational skills in order to prioritize and handle several patients and tasks at the same time. Finally, nurses should have an interest in science and the human body, as they often administer medications to patients and assist with medical procedures.
The type of career path than an individual can take depends on the level of education and certification one wants to obtain. Careers in nursing may be found in a variety of locations, such as medical offices, schools, and hospitals. The following are a few nursing career options: