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Nursing Career Information - Three Things You Should Know Before Getting Started

By John Purfield

Are you thinking about becoming a nurse but not sure where to get nursing career information? This article will cover a few things about nursing and hopefully will help you get started with a very rewarding career. This article will cover what nursing is about. Then we'll cover the schooling needed to become a nurse and mention a couple of different areas of nursing you can work in. Also, this article will tell you how to get more information.

In my opinion, the best thing about nursing is you are directly working to save lives. Now I know this sounds crazy. However, keep in mind the nurse is always in direct contact with the patient. Plus you are in contact with many people. Also, they are the ones who carry out the doctors’ orders and provide comfort and consultation to the ailing patient. The most important thing you need to know so far is that you have to have good people skills and know proper bedside manor.

Nursing is also a rewarding career financially. They have a great starting salary, much higher than other entry level. So the money is there. You need to go to school first. As of this writing, there are three types of nursing degrees available. If you want to get started right away, the good news is that some of these programs are as short as 2 years and you'll have your nursing degree. However, the longer you go to school, the more opportunity you have to make more money. You only need a high school diploma to apply for these nursing degree programs and participate.

When you complete your nursing degree program, then you can start applying for nursing jobs. There are many career nursing choices available. For example, you can work in a hospital or become a private nurse. It appears that hospitals offer better benefits than working as a private nurse. However, being a private nurse may be less stressful. It depends on what you want to do.

If you decide to work in a hospital, you can assist the doctor in delivering babies and helping new mothers get started. Also, you can work in the fast paced emergency room. Basically, working in a hospital can provide a nurse many opportunities. On the other hand if you work as a private nurse, you are usually sent to watch over a patient for the evening or during the day. So hopefully you can see the extremes of each nursing career choice.

So as you can see, getting starting in a nursing career, while challenging, is simple. The main things you need to know are the schooling you need and then what area you like to specialize in. You'll also find that there are many opportunities for the motivated nurse.

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