Finding The Best Way Into The Nursing Field

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These days, many people are looking into nursing school, and for good reason. Considering that jobs are becoming more scarce with each passing day, people are looking for an industry that offers the kind of stability that workers a couple generations ago used to take for granted. When it comes to a career that offers long-term job stability, there are very few that can compete with the medical field.

The fact is there's always been a high demand for health care workers, but today things are different. Today, we have more seniors in our society than ever before. Not just because of medical advances that are allowing people to live longer (though that's part of it), but also because the largest generation in U.S. history (the baby boomers) is just beginning retirement.

The retirement of the boomers means growing demand for health care workers-especially nurses. In the coming years, there will be more hospitals, nursing homes, and in home care agencies needing nurses to take care of their patients. But with this opportunity brings up the question of what's the best way to get into the nursing field.

Well, one way to do it is to become a nursing assistant (also known as a CNA). This is definitely the easiest way in. You can finish your training in as little as two or three weeks, pass your certifications, and you're in. The big drawback is that one word "assistant." As a CNA, you are nothing more than an assistant. For some, that's just fine. After all, the job does pay around $15 an hour, and if you are not the primary earner in your home, this may be enough to satisfy you.

If you're looking to become an actual nurse, the easiest way to do it is through an LPN program. LPN training lasts 1-2 years and can have you out there working within 2 years after leaving high school. On top of that, you will start out earning around $40K to $50K a year with good benefits. The job opportunities are so wide open, you can find one right away in most areas of the country. And because of the demographic trends in the U.S., you are pretty much assured of having a job for as long as you want. Truly there is a lot to like about LPN school, and it is a popular choice for many who decide to get into nursing.

If you don't mind going to school a couple years longer, you may want to consider becoming a registered nurse (RN). RNs are the highest position in the nursing field. They are the supervisors and have the most responsibility. They also have the highest pay scale. For those looking to reach the very top of the nursing ladder, an RN program may be the best choice.


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