Staff Nurse Career


Career Description:

The career of a staff nurse takes on a role in various units within a hospital or clinic.  One may choose to handle the in-patient unit, out-patient unit, maternity unit or intensive care unit.  One may also work based on a specific specialization or setting. But no matter if one has a specialization or not; whether one works in different units within an institution, a staff nurse is responsible in providing the necessary healthcare service.  He handles monitoring of patients, report findings, treatment, evaluation, assistance and education.  One makes sure that the specific needs of a patient are met.  It is the goal of a staff nurse to make sure that a patient goes to full recovery.

How to become a Staff Nurse

There are three options one may choose from to become a staff nurse.  One can pursue an associate degree, a bachelor’s degree or a diploma program.  Make sure that the programs are accredited by your area’s nursing board.  Choose a nursing or degree program based on what you want to pursue after landing a position as a staff nurse.  Advancement depends on one’s educational background.  Pursuing an advanced nursing position requires a master’s degree.  Upon completion of a program, one is to take the NCLEX-RN.  A license will help one start as a staff nurse and gain as much experience as he can.

Staff Nurse Courses, training, programs

A nursing program covers topics on medical terminologies, healthcare systems, pharmacology, anatomy, physiology, laws and ethics. A student is given an opportunity to gain hand-on experience through clinical activities and internships.

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

Staff Nurse Jobs, opportunities, salaries/pay

A staff nurse may secure an employment in various hospitals, clinics, healthcare facilities and healthcare centers.  One has the opportunity to earn from $53,940 to $77,772 per year.  As one gains experience, skills and further education, one may then explore on the possibility of advancing from a staff position to an advanced nursing position.

Category: Nursing Careers

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