There seem to be as many types of nursing careers as there are nurses these days!

Below is a list of the 3 most common education levels with a little explanation about them.  Within these levels are many types of nursing careers.  Varying specialties, work environments, and certifications combine with these education levels to create hundreds of nursing career paths. Today I will just be talking about the education levels but we will be talking about various careers in the future.

Registered Nurse (RN)

This is the level most people are thinking about when they think or speak about nursing.   To become an RN you must graduate from an approved nursing program and take the national licensing exam (NCLEX).  As registered nurse you will be performing the primary duties of patient care in various settings.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

This level of nurse usually works along side an RN or a doctor and typically performs duties under their direction.  You will be doing the basic patient write up, like taking temperatures, weighing the patient and checking blood pressure.  Just like the RN you will have to pass an exam (NCLEX-PN).

Nurse practitioner (NP)

A nurse practitioner is an RN that has completed an advanced degree, such as a Master’s of Science in Nursing.  The NP tends to perform many of the same duties that a doctor might in non-emergency situations.  Often with this higher degree, comes a higher salary.

There are so many types of nursing careers that a list of specialties here would take far too long, however I am working on a document that will cover more examples with much more detail.  Stay tuned!

Be sure to talk back to me while you’re here. I would love your feedback in order to more readily help you in your education and career.  I’m listening… so comment now.  What types of nursing careers do you want to learn about?


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