So I graduate in 2 years to college (more like 1) and I want to be a nurse. I want to know a little more in depth about types of nurses, pay grades, what education is needed, etc. I've been doing some research and the main ones that I'm interested in are trauma nursing, travel nursing, and ER nursing. I am planning on becoming an RN nurse. I don't want to go further than that because I feel like that's too much school...
Any help would be much appriciated!
Jan 4, '13
Moved to pre-nursing student forum to elicit further response. Many experienced nurses frequent this forum, not just pre-nursing students.
Minimum entry to practice as a registered nurse in the US is graduation from an accredited/board of nursing (BoN) approved school of nursing. One may graduate from a diploma (usually a hospital based 3-year nursing program), associate's degree (generally a community college level program of 2-3 years including pre-requisite courses), or a bachelor's degree in nursing (4 year degree) and passing of the national licensing exam NCLEX-RN.
Most hospitals seek to hire new graduate nurses with at least a BSN, especially if they have or are seeking "Magnet" status.
Glassdoor.com and salary.com can give you an idea of the base salaries for your area of the country as it varies widely whether you are in a major metropolitan area such as San Francisco, LA, NYC, Philadelphia or a more rural area such as Nebraska or the midwest.
Travel nurses require a minimum of experience in a particular specialty such as med-surg, cardiac, critical care, ER/trauma usually 2-5 years as a travel nurse is expected to start working a facility with minimum orientation. New graduate nurses generally cannot successfully work as a travel nurse.
Jan 5, '13
You'll be able to experience different specialties throughout nursing school, with lecture often accompanying a related clinical experience. So even though you may not know quite what type of nursing you want to go into, nursing school covers the basics. However, if you attend a school in a rural area, you may not actually have clinical on a trauma floor because of the small population within that area. So if you would like to have a variety of clinical experiences, I would search for schools with affiliations with bigger hospitals.
Jan 5, '13
Make sure you get good grades! Get every A possible in your pre-reqs. There will be other students who are applying with 4.0's. Grades are basically everything. See is you can find a nurse to shadow for a couple of days. Finding a nurse in the ER would be even better.
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