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What Type of Nurse Am I?

What Type of Nurse am I?

Whether you’re going back to school or just getting started on your path towards becoming a nurse, there are several career options. But which one do you choose? Follow the path of two nursing students; one new to the industry, and one seasoned, as they discover nursing career options, and what is required to make those careers a reality.

“I really want to make a difference in people’s lives and I can do that as a nurse. But I’m not sure what type of nursing interests me.”

C N A - Certified Nursing Assistant

Career Description: Administering medications and treatments as directed by a physician or nurse, clean examination rooms or other patient areas, document and report observations to nurses of patient behavior and symptoms, clean dressings, bandages, slings, etc. under nurse or physician direction.

Degrees Earned: Certificate

Education Required: High School Diploma or G E D; a post-secondary nursing instruction.

Work Locations: Nursing Homes, Hospitals, Assisted Living, Personal Homes

Differences Between C N A and L P N Include:

Levels of preparation, responsibilities, salary, and amount of required oversight.

L P N – Licensed Practical Nurse

Career Description: Administering medication and treatments as prescribed by a physician, taking vital signs, basic wound care, taking medical histories, entering information into computer systems, supervising C N A’s.
Degrees Earned: Certificate

Education Required: High School Diploma or G E D; post-secondary nursing instruction

Work Locations: Nursing Homes, Hospitals, Assisted Living, Personal Homes

N C L E X – P N

(National Council Licensure Examination for Practical/Vocational Nurses) Exam is required for employment as an L P N.

Difference Between L P N and R N

L P N’s cannot assess, interpret data or make decisions for the patient.

R N – Registered Nurse

“Now with my B S N, I can become an R N, and that offers many more opportunities!”

Career Description: Performing diagnostic tests, treating medical emergencies, administering medications and treatments, consultation, supervising L P N’s and C N A’s.

Degrees Earned: A D N / B S N (Associates of Science in Nursing / Bachelors of Science in Nursing)

Education Required: High School Diploma or G E D; College

Work Locations: Nursing Homes, Hospitals, Assisted Living, Personal Homes, Laboratories, College, Community Centers, Armed Forces

Specializations: Ambulatory Care, Cardiac-Vascular, Gerontological, Informatics, Medical-Surgical, Nurse Executive, Advanced Nurse Executive, Case Management, Professional Development, Pain Management, Pediatric, Psychiatric-Mental Health, Advanced Public Health

N C L E X – R N

(National Council Licensure Examination for Practical/Vocational Nurses) Exam is required for employment as an R N.

Difference Between R N’s and A P R N’s

A P R N’s have the ability to diagnose and treat acute, episodic, or chronic illness, and are able to prescribe medication.

C N L + A P R N

Clinical Nurse Leader + Advanced Practice R N

“It’s a challenge to balance my career, family and my desire to further my education. S H U’s online nursing program can help.”

“As an R N, it’s important for me to keep pace with changing information technology systems in the healthcare field. It’s a good thing I can earn my M S N online while I work full time as an R N.”

Career Description: Dependent upon specialization chosen with Master’s degree program.

Degrees Earned: M S N (Master of Science in Nursing)

Education Required: M S N (Master of Science in Nursing)

Work Locations: Nursing homes, Hospitals, Assisted Living, Personal Homes, Laboratories, College, Community Centers, Armed Forces

General M S N Specializations

Clinical Nurse Leader (C N L): Strategic and active role in working with other nurses and healthcare professionals to manage the coordination and integration of safe, high-quality healthcare for patients.

Nurse Education: Design curricula and lesson plans, assess individual learning performance, evaluate program effectiveness, oversee students’ clinical practice, and act as role models.

Patient Care Services Administration: Responsible for patient care and services, staff, regulatory compliance, quality of care, and cost containment and may also supervise medical care, manage personnel and institute procedures.

General M S N Specializations

N P: Nurse Practitioner: Acute Care (A C N P), Adult Nurse Practitioner (A N P), Adult-Gerontology Acute Care (A G A C N P), Adult-Gerontology Primary Care (A G P C N P), Adult Pyschiatric-Mental Health (P M H N P), Family (F N P), Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (G N P), Pediatric Primary Care (P N P)

C N S: Clinical Nurse Specialist

Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (A G C N S), Adult Health (A C N S), Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health (P M H C N S), Child/Adolescent Psychiatric-Mental Health (P M H C H S), Gerontological (G C N S), Pediatric (P C N S), Public Community Health (P H C N S)

“With my M S N, I feel like I am ahead of the game and have more possibilities than ever.”

Conclusion:

Whether you’re on the path toward becoming a nurse, or you’re advancing in your nursing career, there are many possibilities available. It’s time to set your goals and work hard to reach them.

Sacred Heart University

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http://www.nursecredentialing.org/certificationcredentials.aspx#chart

http://www.villanovau.com/resources/nursing/registered-nurse-rn-job-desc...

https://www.ncsbn.org/2014_PN_TestPlan.pdf

http://onlineprograms.sacredheart.edu/msn/msn-clinical-nurse-leader-spec...