Great tips for finding nursing assistant or practical nurse training
If you are considering becoming a home health aide, nursing assistant, or practical nurse, you are entering a career field that you can be proud of. Allied health professionals are the backbone of the healthcare industry and provide needed services to millions of people every day.
Choosing your medical career training school is the first step in pursuing your new career. If you are going to invest the time and money in getting trained, you want to be sure you are picking a reputable institution that will provide the training you need and have a good reputation when it comes time for you to look for a job. Try taking these steps:
1. Find nursing schools in your area
Your State Board of Nursing should have a list of nursing schools in your area that are approved nursing education programs. Typically, they will list schools that offer Practical Nurse (PN) and Registered Nurse (RN) training. For example, the Florida Board of Nursing has a searchable database where you can enter the program, city, and state you are considering, and it will tell you if there is a nursing school in that area.
2. Be sure that the school is licensed/approved by your state Board of Nursing
Most states have a regulation process for nursing schools, so it is important that you choose a school that has been approved by your state’s Board of Nursing. Other schools may make promises on their websites, but the best way to find out for sure is through your state’s Board of Nursing website. If the school’s name does not appear there, there’s a good chance it is not approved.
3. Visit the nursing schools in person
Don’t be fooled by a school’s website. Before you make any decisions, you should see the school with your own two eyes. Make an appointment to take a tour and sit down with an admissions representative to discuss the program. Be sure to bring a written list of questions with you. Otherwise you might forget what you wanted to ask. Here are some questions you might want to ask:
- How long has the school been open?
- How long has the nursing assistant/practical nurse program been offered?
- When did you first get approved by the State Board of Nursing?
- When were your facilities last renovated?
- How modern is your equipment?
- How long does the program take? What are the class schedules like?
- Do you offer evening courses?
- Will I get to work in an internship/externship before graduation?
- Do you have a Career Development department to assist in the job search?
- What is your job placement rate for graduates?
- What are some of the nearby employers that hire your graduates?
- How many students are in the program?
- What is the experience level of your instructors? How long have they taught here?
We hope this guide has been helpful to you in finding a nursing school that can start you off in your new career path.
This article was provided by the Harris Casel Institute in Melbourne, Florida. We are a Florida Licensed Training facility, with programs for nursing assistants, practical nurses, home health aides, medical billing, and more. Contact us for more information.