There are three types of nursing jobs: Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Practical Nurse or Licensed Vocation Nurse (LPN/LVN), and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).
It is important to know the degree requirements and professional responsibilities of each, so you can decide which of the types of nursing jobs to pursue.
Deciding which one is tough because this decision is going to affect your lifestyle in the next few years and your entire life after graduation.
If you are looking for a good-paying job in nursing and cannot
afford school tuition,
you might consider getting an Associate's Degree in Nursing first. Once you get your degree you can always continue your BSN online nursing school or at your local college.
Do check your state board of nursing first. They will have a list of accredited nursing programs in your area.
Here’s an overview of each type of nursing jobs.
Registered nurses make up the largest part of the healthcare team. RNs supervise and train LPNs and nursing assistants. They are responsible for developing a patient’s care plan. This strategy is critical for helping a patient on their road to recovery, spanning their entire stay in the hospital.
Nursing care plans include:
* Your assessment of the patient throughout the recovery process.
* Your nursing diagnosis based on the patient’s presenting signs and symptoms.
* Your desired outcome from the treatments you recommend.
* Nursing intervention.
* Your evaluation on whether the desired result has been met or not.
Because every patient is unique, your care plan will need to be highly customized to the patient and his/her unique symptoms. A good care plan must be effective, realistic, and easy to maintain. And it must be carried out within a specific timeframe.
An RN may choose from several settings in which to work – hospitals, schools, clinics, nursing homes, and on-site at companies. Within the hospital, you can work in the emergency room, intensive care unit, CCU, operating room, telemetry unit, anesthesia unit, or the NICU.
Full time registered nurses usually work a forty hour week schedule in a seven day period while part time nurses work less than forty hours and are eligible for prorated salaries and benefits.
Another exciting opportunity for registered nurses is a travel nursing job - this position allows you to see new locales while expanding your skills and experience as a nurse. Visit your nurse staffing agency to see if this job is right for you.
The second type of nursing job is an LPN. LPNs work in hospitals or other care facilities under the supervision of RNs and physicians.
Typically, an LPN’s basic responsibilities include:
* taking vital signs
* intake and output monitoring
* providing personal hygiene
* turning of bed ridden patients to prevent bedsores
* wound dressing
* administering of enemas
* providing therapeutic massages
* collecting specimens for routine laboratory testing.
Depending on state laws, LPNs may manage patients’ IVs. But in many states, that work is restricted to RNs only. LPNs supervise the nursing assistants in a hospital, as well.
Keep in mind that for these types of nursing jobs, a hospital is not the only place you can work. You can also find jobs in nursing homes, performing many of the same duties for geriatric patients as well as young, disabled patients.
Nursing assistants or nursing aides, are other types of nursing jobs that make a valuable contribution to the healthcare team.
Their primary tasks include turning patients over, giving baths, changing linens, and answering patients’ calls.
By helping out with these tasks, you’re providing a valuable service by freeing up RNs to focus on developing and carrying out sound patient care plans.
But no matter which nursing job you choose, know that you’ve chosen to enter a noble and rewarding profession.
Many of these nursing jobs are in high demand right now, and would make an excellent career path as you choose to become a nurse in the US.No matter which ot the types of nursing jobs you choose, you are on your way to making a difference in your life and the life of others!