Nursing is often the most thankless job in the nation. Between the long hours, hard work, and the fact that everyone thinks they can do the job better, it’s no surprise that not everyone can be a registered nurse.
For those that want to, it’s a career from which they can find much satisfaction. Since the baby boomers generation has reached senior citizen status, there’s more of a need for nurses and nurse assistants. Hospitals and assisted living facilities are very busy, so the need for workers is great. Becoming a CNA, or certified nursing assistant, is often the easiest and, for many cases, the first step towards their career.
CNA to RN Bridge Programs
To shorten the process of schooling for an RN, many people get their CNA certification first. The real world experience helps teach hopeful nurses what to expect in everyday situations, and helps prepare them for emergency situations as well.
Once one has achieved CNA status, it cuts the schooling time in half from an average of four years to two. If looking to become an RN right away, one can expect to spend at least three years in a hospital program, or four years in a college setting earning a bachelor of science.
When entering a bachelor program, there will be all the basic courses in English, math, history, and the humanities. Along with that comes the nursing, anatomy, physiology, biology, and social sciences as well as leadership courses.
On top of that, a certain amount of hours will need to be logged in for clinicals and lab work. This is usually done at teaching hospitals, most often located close to the campus of the school, where students can work in an environment that has many fail-safes in place to prevent them from botching jobs. It’s a safe and structured zone to keep both doctors and patients well and happy.
Once all these things are done, then the home stretch begins. Filing for a nursing license with the state board is the first of the final steps. Without it, no place will even consider you. Passing the national exam is a must in all fifty states and Washington D.C. After this is all dealt with, then submitting to a background check and providing a fingerprint for an identification card with the local public safety office is all that’s left to do. Once the fees are paid, then everything is all set, and you may start seeking employment as a registered nurse.