Find out if a nursing career is the right choice for you
Making the decision to attend nursing school can be a big step in your life. And once you decide on nursing, you still have several decisions to make. Do you want to go for a 4-year bachelor’s program? Or do you need a program that you can complete sooner, so that you can get in the workforce quickly?
Some of the faster training programs you can choose are
This article looks at the benefits of choosing to become a practical nurse. Like any job, being a practical nurse will have its pros and cons, but on the whole, many people find that being an LPN has rewards. Check out some of the benefits:
You can complete your LPN training in less than one year
Becoming an LPN does not take as long as becoming a registered nurse. If you attend your classes, do your homework, work hard in your labs, and pass your exams, you can stay on track to complete your practical nurse training in less than one year. After your training is over, your state’s Board of Nursing will require that you pass a licensing exam in order to practice as an LPN. Once you are licensed, you will be ready for the workforce with marketable nursing skills that should make you proud.
You can have a positive work-life balance
The working hours for practical nurses can be a plus, because you will have a variety of options. Some practical nursing work is scheduled on shifts, where you may work three 12-hour shifts over the course of three days, giving you a four-day break in between. You might be able to choose night shifts if you want to be available during the day for your children. Or if you don’t need a full-time job, you might be able to do per diem work. Per diem (day to day) work can keep you active in the workforce, but still allow you some flexibility. While it’s not easy to achieve the perfect work-life-family balance, practical nursing is a field that may work for you.
You can choose from a variety of working environments
Practical nurses are hired in a variety of settings. As a practical nurse, you may find that you like some work environments more than others. Most practical nurses work in nursing homes or long-term care facilities. But there are other options too. LPNs are sometimes hired in hospitals, such as in labor and delivery rooms and emergency departments. Others find work in medical offices, such as pediatrics or family practice offices. Some practical nurses choose to go into home care, where they work directly in the homes of their patients. If you take the time to explore your options, you may be able to find a good fit for your career.
The future prospects for practical nurses are encouraging
Will there be practical nursing jobs when you finish school? What is the long-term outlook for the employment of practical nurses? One place to answer these questions is the Occupational Outlook Handbook. This handbook is published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It provides the job outlook for hundreds of careers. According to this handbook, employment of practical nurses (and vocational nurses) is predicted to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024. This is an encouraging rate of growth. The handbook explains that as the baby boom population gets older, the need for practical nurses and vocational nurses may be on the rise.
You can be a hero
Nurses are the unsung heroes of the medical world. They may not be on the center stage performing life-saving surgeries, but they are helping people get better every single day. Practical nurses are there when people need them most. Whether you are working with a geriatric patient who can no longer care for herself the way she used to, or someone who is learning how to walk again after a stroke or an accident, you know that you are making a positive impact on someone’s life. This may be the most rewarding benefit of all!
For more information about the field of practical nursing, visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook’s Practical Nurse Career Profile. Best of luck in making your decision.
The Harris Casel Institute, located in Melbourne, Florida, provides a Practical Nurse training program. For more information about enrolling, contact us online.