Licensed Nurse Career

Career Description:

The career of a licensed nurse revolves around patient treatment and medication, treatment planning, performance of diagnostic tests, test result analysis, education of families and patients, patient and family support, patient rehabilitation, and patient follow-up.  The licensed nurse notes and maintains medical records and histories of various patients as well.  The supervision of nurse aides and licensed practical or vocational nurses is handled by the licensed nurse.  The licensed nurse can specialize in areas of patient care.  One may choose to work in a specific unit or department, a specific health condition, a specific body or organ type, a specific age group or a combination of specializations.

How to become a Licensed Nurse

The path towards becoming a licensed nurse may start by earning a nursing program diploma, an associate degree, or a bachelor’s degree in nursing. If one chooses to earn a diploma and starts working as a licensed vocational or practical nurse, he has the opportunity to gain relevant experience before jumping into the career of a licensed nurse.  One who takes an associate degree can become a licensed nurse in a lesser time frame than one taking a bachelor’s degree.  But the advancement opportunities are not limited for those with bachelor’s degree in nursing.  After earning a degree, one can then take the National Council Licensure Examination and obtain a license to practice nursing.

Licensed Nurse Courses, training, programs

Nursing courses covers sciences such as anatomy, physiology and nutrition.  One is also given background in healthcare systems, laws and ethics, treatment, and management.

TOP 5 colleges/Universities

Johns Hopkins University, Maryland

University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania

University of Washington, Washington

University of California-San Francisco, California

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Licensed Nurse Jobs, opportunities, salaries/pay

A licensed nurse may earn from $40,368 to $78,732 per year while working in hospitals, offices of physicians, nursing facilities, employment services, or government agencies. There is a great room for advancement for a licensed nurse.  One can advance to become a specialist, practitioner, anesthetist, unit manager, head nurse, director, or chief of nursing.  Advancement depends on education, experience and skills.

Category: Nursing Careers

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