Are you compassionate, caring and want to make positive impact on other people’s lives? Then a career in nursing will suit you perfectly. However, there are many different kinds of positions within the nursing field, with each requiring a specific amount training. This means you need to be clear from the beginning on which type of nursing suits you best, which can be difficult unless you understand your options. Therefore your first step should be to learn what each nursing career entails:

Registered Nurse:

In order to become a registered nurse, you will need to have more training then other nursing professions. The duties include patient care in one of the many specialty fields; this can be everything from mental health to maternity, or surgical to critical care. These duties can often be expanded to tasks related to nutrition, pharmacology and community health. Once you have completed your training you are able to work in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, surgical and ambulatory centers and schools.

Practical/Vocational Nurse:

In order to qualify as a licensed practical or vocational nurse you will require an understanding of anatomy, physiology and common diseases, but once you have this, you will be able to perform a wide-range of hands on duties involving preventative, restorative and therapeutic care. The training involved would equip you with a solid foundation of knowledge about nursing’s legal and ethical responsibilities, as well as how cultural differences impact patient treatment. The employment areas that you will be trained to work in, are hospitals, acute care centers and government or community agencies.

Patient Care Technician:

Patient  Care Technicians work with other medical professionals in order to help keep the therapeutic programs running smoothly. They will help patients with bedside care and phlebotomy, as well as preparing them for surgery.  The areas that you will be qualified to work in are home medical services, hospitals, rehabilitation centers or private practices.

Nursing Assistants:

Nursing Assistants still work directly with patients and other medical professionals, providing assistance with personal hygiene, eating meals and other daily activities, including monitoring blood pressure, and help with pre and post operative care. On completion of training you will be able to work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, private practices or patients’ homes.

Now that you have a better understanding on each type of nursing, it should be easier to make a solid decision. There are thousands of registered nursing,  practical nursing, patient care technicians and nursing assistant jobs available, so that doesn’t need to be an influencing factor.

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