Career Description: Promotes and restores patients' health by completing the nursing process; collaborating with physicians and multidisciplinary team members; providing physical and psychological support to patients, friends, and families; supervising assigned team members.
Education and Training:Individuals interested in nurse training programs typically enroll in a year-long certificate, associate's degree, or bachelor's degree program in the field. Nurses in all fields of healthcare must have college-level training. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) are typically required to have an associate's degree in nursing, while registered nurses (RNs) must have at least a 2-year degree, but a 4-year bachelor's degree in nursing is more common. Advanced nursing professionals, such as nurse practitioners or nurse specialists, are usually required to have a 2-year master's degree in nursing.
Advanced practices: Registered nurses may pursue advancement through advanced practice nursing, a category that includes nurse-midwives, nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists. These are some of the most highly paid branches of the nursing profession, and advanced practice nurses exercise a level of independence and responsibility that places them just below physicians
Salary and Benefits: RNs average $69,110 in salary, equal to $33.23 an hour. However, while the best-paid 10 percent could earn $96,630 or more a year.The demand for RNs never diminishes even during the recession. It’s a safe, reliable, and secured career. Health insurance is included as a benefit with most professions in healthcare.
Natural Abilities and Personal Values: nurses tend to be very social and gregarious s a result of the number of people they talk to in a normal work day.