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:
- Take an anatomy and physiology course online and a medical terminology course. The knowledge you gain will equip you to train for a career in nursing.
- Take a biology course online. Knowing how cells and organisms function will give you the grounding you need to succeed in nursing.
- Take a college psychology course online. There is no better way to learn the people skills you need to be a successful nurse or nurse’s aide.
- Take an online chemistry course online.
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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