How to Start Training for a Career in Nursing Today

Barry Lenson

How to Start Training for a Career in NursingMake no mistake about it. Careers in nursing are booming.

The U.S. government’s authoritative Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts that more than 581,500 new jobs will be created for nurses though 2018. The Handbook also reports that the median salary for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses is now $40,380, and that the median salary for Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants is $24,010. 

When you train for a career in nursing, you are preparing to enjoy a stable income and a long-lasting career. In fact, there may have never been a better time to become a nurse. America’s baby boomers are aging. Americans are living longer. A growing number of health care providers – from hospitals to immediate care centers to assisted living communities – are hiring nurses today. Those trends have already created high demand for trained nursing professionals – and that demand is sure to increase.

How Can You Get Started in Nursing?

Education is key. Yet if you didn’t take a lot of science courses in high school or college, don’t be discouraged. You can be accepted into many training programs at colleges, universities and for-profit medical training schools if you have a good understanding of basic medical concepts. And you can quickly gain the knowledge you need through online study:

To Learn More . . .

Be sure to read StraighterLine’s information-packed free guide, How to Get Started in Nursing. This special report, researched and written by educational expert Beth Dumbaud, is packed with the information that you need.

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3 thoughts on “How to Start Training for a Career in Nursing Today”

  • Syon Smith

    Hi Barry, Nice article. Nursing aides are key members of a health care team, along with licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, physicians and other qualified health care professionals. The continuous increase in the ageing population, health problems, hospitals and medical centres, and need for entry level nursing professionals have tremendously boosted the demands of nurse aides in the United States.

  • John

    Thank you for writing this article. The number of new jobs created by the nursing industry is is tremendous and it's good to make people aware. There are so many people seeking jobs and don't even know that they can get trained and have a successful career in nursing. Thanks again

  • Haley Schaeffer

    Great article Barry. Agree with other comments that it is easier than ever to get proper training to become a nurse. There a multitude of ways, be it online and in the classroom.

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