hi, thehb chemistry!
i'm listing some weblinks below this post for you to explore and read about the profession of nursing and how to become a nurse. the are two kinds on licensed nurses in the u.s.: lpns (licensed practical nurses) and rns (registered nurses). becoming an rn takes longer. you can become an rn by attending a hospital school of nursing, going to a community college nursing program and getting an aa degree or going to a four-year college and getting a bachelor's degree in nursing. the school degree you get has no bearing on whether or not you are able to take the state board exam to become licensed as an rn. what a bachelor's degree in nursing will do for you is open the door for more opportunities within the profession of nursing. the nclex exam is the licensing exam that all rns have to take and pass to become rns. you will also hear it referred to as the state board exam. forensic nursing is only one specialty within nursing. you can find information about it on the discover nursing website (i've given you a link to it below and to the page that has the various nursing specialties). there is also a forum on allnurses for forensic nursing that you might want to check out and explore (http://allnurses.com/forums/f20/
). sane is discussed there. i have been both a nursing manager and supervisor in several facilities and in all but one (which was a large city hospital) rape victims were something that were rarely, if ever, seen in those ers. i also was a medical coder for a large group of er physicians who were contracted to perform er services in over 20 hospitals and sane cases are coded and billed differently. in the two years i coded for them, i never had one sane chart come through my hospitals. in general, a full-time job in forensic nursing is kind of rare. most nurses involved in forensic nursing work as nurses doing other work and only perform forensic work as it comes up. most sane nursing is done by er nurses as rape victims appear in their ers. there is usually at least one rn on duty who has sane training who can do the proper collection of evidence from these patients. many times it is a job requirement to work in those particular ers. please continue to read and explore the many different forums at allnurses and ask questions about things you want more information on.
oh, and if you feel that nursing is something that you are meant to be doing in your life, then you need to be doing it. don't let others deter you, regardless of what they have to say about it. many of us went into nursing because we knew we wanted to be of service to our fellow human beings. too many others today are going into the profession for what they perceive to be the good money and job security. well, the job security is definitely there, but like any job, you have to work for the money you earn. i have seen too many new nurses coming into the profession who just do not have a good work ethic and do not understand what it means to be a good, loyal and responsible employee to begin with. you might want to take a look at some of the threads that are currently being discussed on some of the forums here about the bad winter weather going on right now and the thinking of some and their responsibility to get in to work. most nursing jobs in hospitals and other facilities require 24 hour staffing of nurses--that's us. nurses work in shifts around the clock and on holidays. in many hospitals we also get "floated" to other units when others nurses call off sick and those units are short of help. that's another topic you'll see discussed a lot on the forums.
- "ten questions to ask yourself" about nursing and if it might be right for you
- "before you decide to become a nurse". things to consider about being a nurse. lots of links to information about what skills you need to become a nurse. and, what if you're really bad at math and science is discussed.
- "nursing is not for everyone". this is a very down to earth and honest article that broadly discusses what a nurse does and what you can expect on the job as a nurse.
- list of nursing specialties
- a very nice information page from the association of women's health, obstetric and neonatal nurses on being a nurse, salary you can expect to make, types of nursing degrees, nursing specialties with weblinks to some of the major professional nursing organizations, the nurse reinvestment act, and some information and how to search for scholarships
and financial aid.
- about registered nursing from the u.s. department of labor
- a day in the life of a registered nurse thread on general nursing discussion forum.
welcome to allnurses!