a question i like to ask RNS

Nurses General Nursing


well instead of lvn i'm thinking of becoming a rn getting an AA degree then hopefully BSN degree but i want to know if i get to old i am hoping to work in hopsitals but later on what would be the least physical demanding jobs? I like to work as long as i can as a nurse and help people maybe educate them later on or be a school nurse i'm sure school nurse is a least physical demanding job. I want to know where do people start at then later on when they want to keep working where do they end up later on in life? I may not be the brightess or smartest person as i have a laerning disabilty but i still feel determine to be one to help people maybe work in a hospital or a nursing home then i am hoping to find elsewhere to work so i can still be a nurse but work in a setting where i won't hurt myself. I'm about 28 years old and love to become a nurse and want to make up all those times to be one.

Specializes in Emergency & Trauma/Adult ICU.

If you are considering school nursing or other non-bedside care positions, you would be best served by pursing a BSN and RN licensure.

well that is my goal to be a school nurse or something that educates later on. I liket o work in a hospital setting first but get a AA degree then work on gettnig a BSN

Specializes in Complex pedi to LTC/SA & now a manager.

A school nurse is a nurse that works in a school to care for students whether elementary, middle or high school. A nursing instructor teaches nursing students how to become a nurse. Many states require a minimum of BSN to become certified as a school nurse. A minimum of BSN is required to teach nursing in most states, other states require a MSN or higher to teach RN students whether at the associate's, diploma, or BSN level.

There are some areas of the country where hospitals require RN's to have a minimum of a BSN for employment. You need to research your local market to determine which degree will serve you best to start.

If you would like to work as a nurse in an alternative setting such as being a school nurse or educator then you really need to pursue at least a BSN if not a MSN. Many of the alternative settings require a minimum of a BSN, keep in mind that meeting minimal requirements does not make you a competitive candidate for employment.

Actually, where I live, most school nurses are LPNs. Some aren't even that, they're unlicensed "health aides". Each school district does have a RN supervisor, but he supervises dozens and dozens of schools. The actual nurses on site in the schools are mostly LPNs. I would imagine the RN supervisor position does indeed require a BSN, but they likely spend most of their time in meetings, setting up health initiatives, stuff like that.

Specializes in Emergency & Trauma/Adult ICU.

This varies from state to state. In my state and others, school districts can only hire nurses with the state-approved school nurse certification. In my state, this involves 1-2 semesters of post-baccalaureate coursework.

what else can rns do beside bedsiding nursing be niceto know more things they can do when they get to old for the physical stuff but can still stand on the feet

You are not too old! I became a nurse when I was 42.

well i meant in there 60s don't know if its weird i want to stay in a career that old

By the time you're 60 there's a good chance the nursing field will have changed to the point of being completely different. It's hard to say what kind of jobs there will be be available by then for those nurses ready to be "put out to pasture". Plus 60 isn't that old. I work with a few sixty something nurses who can still rock a med pass in LTC.

Specializes in Psych.

I went from hospital bedside to psych - which is a relative physically non demanding job, most of the time. It is what you make it. There are also multiple admin positions - both available only to nurses (nurse manager) and to anyone with a degree and sufficient experience to pull it off (program manager) that are primarily paper pushing positions... very little physical work, very little patient contact.

As a nurse and a teacher, I am honestly more concerned when you mention a learning disability. Nursing school is fast paced and intense - and so are many branches of nursing practice. I'm not saying you can't do it - but starting out in LVN school, where there is a lot of clinical practice and repetition, may be better than starting out in RN school, where there is a lot of reading, memorizing, writing care plans, etc. LVN's are just as much a nurse - and graduate school much stronger in clinical skills than an RN new grad - at least here, and generally have less trouble transitioning to RN than they would have in RN school the first time.


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