No matter what healthcare career you choose, it’s always nice to know that you have options for upward mobility. Vocational Nursing is a great way to go. (My husband is an LVN and going to school to become a firefighter. Most calls that firefighters respond to are medical, so his experience as a nurse and training will be invaluable.)
Noel Rozny from AkiraNews.com reports that there are three top career choices that will get you into the job force quickly with minimal education. While you are working, there is great opportunity for growth and furthering your education.Rozny states that these are the “3 rewarding career paths that you can start quickly and grow in while you work:” a dental assistant, a bookkeeper, and an LVN.
To work your way from being an LVN to an RN, Rozny explains that “While you’re working as a LPN, you can study to become a registered nurse. There are three educational paths to choose from: earn a bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN), an Associate’s degree in nursing, or a diploma from an accredited nursing program (usually offered by hospitals). Any of these programs will allow you to practice as a registered nurse after you graduate (and pass the NCLEX-RN examination). In addition, many schools offer an LPN to RN program to specifically aid this transition.”
Rozny also states that there are many opportunities for nurses who are RNs. “The advancement opportunities for nurses are endless. For registered nurses who don’t have a BSN, there are plenty of programs that make earning your bachelor’s in nursing easy. Once you have your BSN, you can choose to pursue a Master’s in nursing, which will allow you to enter specialized fields and become an advanced practice nurse (APN). (APNs typically become nurse practitioners, certified nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists, or certified nurse midwives.) If you want to go into teaching or research or a leadership, you can further your career by pursuing a doctorate in nursing. Plus, once you have your BSN, many graduate nursing programs are offered online, making it easy to continue your education. At the end of the day, a nursing career can go as far financially and professionally as you want to take it.” The possibilities are endless once you decide that a career in nursing is for you.
If you would like more information on how to become an LVN or an RN in the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Clara or Sacramento, contact Unitek College. We can get you started on the career path that you’ve dreamed of!
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