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A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is not a career, but a degree that can lead to a higher position in the nursing field. It can also prepare students for study at the graduate and doctorate levels. RNs with a BSN degree hold positions as research assistants, in nurse education, public/community health, consulting, specialized care, and some leadership positions. RNs with a BSN work in just about every type of healthcare environment, and they work in all regions from large cities to small towns.

A nursing ELM (Entry-level Master’s) is a degree program that prepares students to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) licensure examination, the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) certification examination, and to work in advanced nursing practice. RNs that hold an ELM qualify for positions such as nurse educator, in consulting, research, or forensics as well as leadership or management positions in community and public health organizations.

Nursing assistants work under the supervision of nurses and medical staff. They handle many of the routine tasks associated with patient care and assist medical staff with setting up equipment, moving and storing supplies, and (some) basic procedures.  Patient care duties may include feeding, dressing, and bathing patients; changing linens, escorting patients to operating and exam rooms, and emptying bedpans. Some nursing assistants may be responsible for taking patients temperature, respiration and pulse rate, and blood pressure.

Depending on the degree level, registered nurses may work as nurse educators, in consulting, research, or forensics. They might work in leadership or management positions in community and public health organizations. While an RN with a BSN will pique the interest of many employers, RNs that hold an MSN or PhD are usually considered for these higher-level positions and for positions with top health organizations and other employers in the field. For this reason, and many others, some RNs choose to make the transition from RN to RN with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).

Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) care for the sick, injured, elderly, or disabled. Also called  “vocational nurses,” LVNs work under the direct supervision of a registered nurse (RN) or physician. Whether it’s to help advance their careers or earn a higher salary, many LVNs decide to make the transition to registered nurse (RN). Most LVNs hold a diploma, certificate, or Associate Degree.

Home health aides (HHA) help older adults that need assistance and the disabled, chronically ill or cognitively impaired. These patients may live in their own homes or a residential facility or they may be patient’s at a hospice or day program. Also called home care aides or personal and home care aides, home health aides  may perform light housekeeping duties, shop for food, plan and prepare meals, assist with bathing and perform basic health-related duties such as taking patient’s pulse, temperature, and respiration rate.

DNP stands for Doctor of Nursing Practice. Nursing professionals that hold a Doctor of Nursing Practice work in a variety of leadership positions in various health settings. They provide care based on scientific knowledge, which helps them improve safety, effectiveness, timeliness, efficiency, and equity in patient-centered care (Duke.edu). Career options range from leadership roles in clinical practice to administration to teaching. Both the DNP and BSN to DNP programs will prepare students for entry into these fields and many others.

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a 4-year degree that prepares students to work in a variety of healthcare settings from public and community health to specialized care. The BSN program also prepares students for graduate and doctorate level study. Most BSN students are registered nurses (RNs) already working in the field. These individuals have chosen to pursue a BSN for higher pay, advancement opportunities, more responsibility, or in preparation for an advanced degree program.

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a 4-year degree that prepares students to work in a variety of healthcare settings from public and community health to specialized care. The BSN program also prepares students for graduate and doctorate level study. Many BSN students are registered nurses (RNs) already working in the field. These individuals have chosen to pursue a BSN for better pay, advancement opportunities, more responsibility, or in preparation for an advanced degree program.

An Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) prepares students to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse (RN). While an ADN will help you meet the qualifications to become a registered nurse and provide basic care, in order to qualify for higher level positions in say, nurse education, public health, or some leadership positions, employers usually prefer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or higher.

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