Nursing is a broad field, with many different specialties, with varying education requirements. In order to find your fit within health care, it is important to understand the career trajectory of a professional nurse.
What is a VN?
VN stands for “vocational nurse,” a term that is used interchangeably with practical nurse (PN). In most states, nurses at this level are referred to as PNs or practical nurses. Working under the supervision of a registered nurse who has completed an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, a PN provides basic care to patients – everything from giving patients medications and treatments, performing diagnostic tests and educating patients on how to manage their symptoms and illnesses.
What is the career trajectory for a VN?
After earning a VN or PN, most nurses have a desire to advance their career with a bridge-nursing program that will allow them to become registered nurses that hold more responsibility and fill a supervisory role. Some nurses go on to specialize with a master’s degree and earn a doctorate degree in nursing. You might find that a future as a nurse educator is right for you.
Will I enjoy a nursing career?
Before making any career decision, you must be realistic about who you are. Work environment is a key factor in career satisfaction. Will you be happy walking into a doctor’s office, hospital, or nursing care facility? Does the thought of interacting with ill individuals in pain on a daily basis drain you or invigorate you? Can you handle the sight of blood? Are you bothered by handling bodily fluid? Nurses regularly touch patients. Do you have issues with personal space? As silly as it might sound, many nursing students do not consider these very practical, day-to-day realities of a career in nursing, instead falling in love with the idea of helping people and serving those in need. It is important for prospective nursing students to be honest about who they are and what they want out of a career.
How long will it take me?
Concorde has a program that can be completed in as few as 13 months! The program will prepare students for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-PN) that will permit them to get to work as a nurse shortly after passing the exam.