RN vs. LPN: The Advantages of Becoming a Registered Nurse

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Nursing is a great career choice for those who are committed to making a difference in the lives of others. Those who decide to go back to school to pursue a degree in Nursing have a big decision to make – what type of Nursing program to choose. Many schools across the country offer either a Registered Nursing program or a Licensed Practical Nursing program. So what’s the difference between the two? The biggest difference is the length of each program, the types of classes required, and the degree or certificate you will earn upon completion of either Nursing program. Those who choose to become a Registered Nurse must earn either an associate degree or a Bachelor’s in Nursing degree. Typically, pursuing a career as an LPN requires participation in a program that culminates in earning either a certificate or an associate degree upon graduation. Regardless of whether you choose…

Meet the Dean of Nursing

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Arizona College is pleased to introduce Rose Saunders, EdD, RN, CNE, as the Dean of Nursing for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Arizona College. Dr. Saunders is responsible for administration and oversight of all aspects of the Nursing program including faculty, curriculum, students, resources and program evaluation and has been leading the nursing program for the last several months.  Please take a moment to get to know our Dean of Nursing! Dr. Saunders received a diploma in nursing from Jameson Hospital School of Nursing in New Castle, PA. She continued her formal education at the University of Pittsburgh where she earned both a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) and a master’s degree (MN) with specialization in nursing of children. She later received a doctoral degree in Higher Education (EdD) from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She began her nursing career as a staff nurse at Children’s…

Nursing: Career Paths in Nursing

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In addition to working in an extremely rewarding field, Nurses enjoy the benefit of being able to choose from a wide range of career paths that offer diverse job environments. Not all Registered Nurses work in a hospital environment. Offering a fair amount of autonomy, RNs can work in home healthcare services, which includes providing care for patients who have recently been discharged from the hospital and are recovering in their own homes. Many RNs do work in hospitals and other round-the-clock facilities, but if these hours aren’t for you, working in a physician’s office can be an excellent solution. Physicians typically have office hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and eight-hour shifts tend to be the standard. For those who want to explore and travel throughout the states, Travel Nursing can be a highly rewarding career. Travel Nurses take on short-term assignments in various locations throughout the country.…

Nursing: Men Entering the Field in Increasing Numbers

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Nursing has traditionally been considered a female-dominated career path. However, the number of male Nurses has steadily been on the rise since the 1970s. According to the United States Census Bureau, the number of male Nurses has more than tripled since the 1970s when only 2.7% of Registered Nurses were men. As of 2011, there were 330,000 men employed as Nurses in the United States, which makes up for about 9.6% of all Registered Nurses. While Nursing has customarily been thought of as a woman’s profession, men were significantly represented in Nursing until the 1800s due to the early association between Nursing, the military, and religious orders. During the Civil War, there was a shortage of men to provide Nursing care, and women were allowed to fill that gap. For much of the early 1900s, the majority of Nursing schools admitted only women and the newly formed Army and Navy…

Nursing: Career Paths

Categories: Nursing

In addition to working in an extremely rewarding field, Nurses enjoy the benefit of being able to choose from a wide range of career paths that offer diverse job environments. Not all Registered Nurses work in a hospital environment. Offering a fair amount of autonomy, RNs can work in home healthcare services, which includes providing care for patients who have recently been discharged from the hospital and are recovering in their own homes. Many RNs do work in hospitals and other round-the-clock facilities, but if these hours aren’t for you, working in a physician’s office can be an excellent solution. Physicians typically have office hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and eight-hour shifts tend to be the standard. For those who want to explore and travel throughout the states, Travel Nursing can be a highly rewarding career. Travel Nurses take on short-term assignments in various locations throughout the country.…