A Career in Nursing
Registered Nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate paients and the public about various health conditions, and provide adcive and emotional support to patients and their family members.
- Record patient’s medical histories and symptoms.
- Administer patient’s medicines and treatments.
- Set up plans for patient’s care or contribute to existing plans.
- Observe patient’s and record observations.
- Consult with doctors and other healthcare professionals.
- Operate and monitor medical equipment.
- Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results.
- Teach patients and their families how to manage illnesses or injuries.
- Explain what to do at home after treatment.
Did you know that by the year 2020, there will be an estimated shortage of 800,000 nurses?
Trends in Nursing Careers
Total US Nursing Population
- 2,824,641 Registered Nurses (RNs) in the US
- 690,038 Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) in the US
- 9.1% of RNs are men
- 7.6% of LPNs are men
LPNs and RNs by Age
The median age for male RNs licensed in 2000 or later is 35, compared with 31 for female RNs.
- 43.6 = average age of LPNs in the US
- 18.3% = percent of LPNs 30 years old or younger
- 44.6 = average age of an RN in the US
- 14.8% = percent of RNs 30 years old or younger
- Nearly 85% of the RN population, or about 2,596,600 RNs, are employed in nursing.
Registered Nurses Employment Areas
- 1% Insurance Carriers
- 5% Other health care services
- 1% Administration of HR Program
- 4% Offices of other practitioners
- 1% Residential facilities
- 1% Colleges & Universities
- 1% Justice, Public Services and Order
- 4% Home Health Care Services
- 2% Elementary adn Secondary Schools
- 5% Offices of Physicians
- 5% Outpatient Care Centers
- 7% Nursing Care Facilities
- 63% Hospitals
According to BLS, the median annual wage for registered nurses was $65,470 in May 2012.
- $58, 420 Offices of Physicians
- $58,830 Nursing & Residential Care Facilities
- $62,090 Home Health Care Services
- $67,210 Hospitals, State, Local & Private
- $68,540 Government
How to Become a Registered Nurse
Registered nurses usually take one of three educational paths: a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing (BSA), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses must also be licensed.
A registered nurse (RN) completes a four-year education earning a bachelor of science in nursing (BSA). A BSN degree prepares nurses to practice across all health care settings. This higher level of training and education provides registered nurses with the greatest opportunity for advancement. With RNs in hot demand, many hospitals and facilities are paying signing bonuses and are offering tuition repayment incentives and relocation assistance to qualified candidates.
Licensed Practical Nurses
A LPN typically completes a one-year training program at a technical or vocational school. under the direction of a physician and/or registered nurse, a licensed practical nurse provides essential basic care, which includes taking vital signs, applying dressings, monitoring catheters, and assisting with patient hygiene. LPNs typically earn about $15,000 less than registered nurses.
Why Attend Arizona College’s BSN Degree Program?
To become a registered nurse you must acquire the qualifications mentioned above. Arizona College’s open lab sessions and tutoring-by-appointment program helps you get the most of your education. The modern computer and laboratory simulation exercises help students gain insights into the practical world of nursing. Role playing exercises, small group studies, collaborative discussions between faculty and student and case study analysis help students learn for the long term.