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Nursing school: FAQ

How can I choose an accredited nursing school?

Choosing to enroll in a nursing school may be difficult but one can consider the school’s location – whether it is near his or her residence, with good facilities, accredited with various hospitals or any medical educational setting for practical experience, with good reputation, and is duly accredited by accrediting bodies both for the school and its nursing programs. To determine if the school and its programs are duly accredited, personal checking is necessary or ask friends and relatives who have relevant information about the school. Passing rate of the school and the percentage of graduates who passed licensure examinations can also be considered in choosing for a good nursing school.

What is the difference between an LPN and a RN?

A registered nurse (RN) is someone who graduated with a four-year nursing program with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree or a two-year nursing program with an Associate's Degree while a Licensed Practical Nurse or LPN is a nurse who graduated with a one-year Practical Nursing program.

To become an RN, one must pass the NCLEX-RN and to become an LPN, one must pass the NCLEX-PN.

The difference between LPN and RN is in the scope of their duties and practice. RNs take more responsibilities than LPNs and may supervise the LPNs. The LPNs take care of the patients under the supervision and direction of physicians and registered nurses but some experienced LPNs can supervise nursing assistants and aides.

How long does it take to become a PN?

Most Practical Nursing programs last in one year, which covers both classroom study and clinical practice usually in hospitals and in any other medical educational setting.

What are the nursing job opportunities?

Graduates of any nursing program can land jobs either in hospitals, in nursing homes or any other medical institutions. Some even work as faculty in nursing schools. Hospital nurses are the largest group of nurses, who are mostly staff nurses providing nursing care to patients and carry out doctors’ orders. In 2004, about 2.4 million registered nurses were employed in different hospitals and medical institutions. Three in every five nurses work in hospitals, inpatient and outpatient departments, doctors’ clinics, nursing care facilities, home care services, employment services and government agencies. Others were employed in both public and private social assistance agencies and educational services.

“I am a nurse, do I need continuing nursing education?”

Even if nurses have already acquired their licenses and are currently working, there is still a need for them to seek higher education to update them with the latest medical trends and consequently provide them with opportunities for better positions in the future.

Is travel nurse different to a home nurse?

A travel nurse is a nurse who is assigned to go on duty in different hospitals or in an area that he or she chose, usually for a period of 13 weeks, while a home nurse is a registered nurse who works in a nursing home and provides professional care to geriatric patients.

How can I get financial aid to study in a nursing school?

There are agencies that provide financial scholarships to those who may want to enroll in a nursing school. There are also available programs for student loans. You may ask a friend who have availed of similar scholarship or ask your relatives and other acquaintance who know about this.

I have been a few years unemployed, how can I get a nursing job?

Since nurses are now in-demand anywhere in the world, it is very much easy to apply provided you have the needed experience. But if you think your experience is not enough, it is necessary that you get refreshed by working back in the hospital. You may ask some friends who have contacts in different hospitals or any medical institution for referral.