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Is Nursing Your True Calling?

friendly young nurse talking to senior patient

friendly young nurse talking to senior patient

Making a decision about what career path you wish to follow can be a very stressful time in a student’s life. There are so many career fields to choose from it can be hard to narrow it down. Once career field that is consistently in high demand is the field of nursing. It requires a great deal of hard work and dedication to the craft of nursing. Understanding the different nursing fields will help you to make your decision-making process a much easier one.

Licensed Practical Nurse

Becoming a licensed practical nurse is not as hard as it sounds. Licensed practical nurses or licensed vocational nurses are nursing professionals who work under the direct supervision of doctors and registered nurses or RNs. While they do not have the training or credentials that are required to administer anesthesia or perform surgery, LPNs are invaluable members of any healthcare team. Their duties vary considerably and depend on the needs of doctors, registered nurses and patients.

For an LPN, no two days are ever alike. In fact, it is common for an LPN to perform a variety of tasks during the course of a single shift. LPNs float move from place to place, providing support where it is needed. The majority of the typical LPN’s day involves providing direct care to patients, which takes many different forms.

Becoming a Nurse

If you want to become an LPN it only takes about a year but if you want to pursue other degrees it could take much longer. If you plan on becoming a registered nurse at some point in your career then that will take about four years to complete. Most nurses make becoming an LPN their official starting point before they become nurses. This is a great way for students to get their feet wet and experience what it is like to work in hospitals and clinics.

Licensed practical nurses typically work in nursing care facilities, home health care services, medical or surgical hospitals, and in doctor’s offices. 25% of the nation’s LPNs currently work in hospitals while 28% work in nursing care facilities. In the next ten years the need for licensed practical nurses is expected to grow by at least 21%. This is due to the increase in the elderly population which creates the consistent need for high quality LPNs.

Conclusion

No matter what you decide to do with your nursing career there are many opportunities out there for you to choose from. Take the time to educate yourself on all of those opportunities. It may take some time but with some hard work, dedication, and devotion to the craft of nursing, you will make your way just fine.

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