Your Career in Nursing Starts Here
Beyond the RN
Advanced Practical Nursing Careers
More Than Patient Care
Beyond hands-on care, a BSN allows a nurse to work in other functions in a hospital or other healthcare setting. Whether your interests are in a specialty such as hospice nursing, a management role or a new career as a nurse educator, a BSN can be the beginning of this new career for you.
Find Your Ideal Nursing Career
Whether you prefer more hands-on care, or you like numbers and paperwork, if you like high-stress situations, or a more routine setting, there is a path into nursing for you. Nursing is a wide and varied profession with a lot of different specialties and places you can practice. As a nurse, you will never get bored if you commit to trying new things and staying active with your education and exposing yourself to new opportunities.
A registered nurse holds a minimum of an ADN or nursing diploma and has passed the NCLEX-RN exam administered by the NCSBN.
Surgical nurses are inside the operating room assisting with both routine and more difficult surgeries and procedures.
ICU nurses deal with patients who are in very precarious health situations with the goal of helping them recover from their injuries.
Working with the youngest of patients, a pediatric nurse can work in a hospital or clinic and counsel parents as part of the job description.
Nurse managers help patients through managing the nurse or nurses who care for them, collaborating with doctors and running the floor.
A hospice nurse deals with end-of-life palliative care either in a nursing home setting or at the patient’s home when they are no longer able to recover.
Teaching the nurses of tomorrow, a clinical nurse educator runs and facilitates clinical training for nurses-in-training.
A critical care nurse must be good in crisis, able to make quick decisions, and must be able to switch roles from patient to patient.
Earn Your BSN
A bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) is the new normal when it comes to nursing education. Depending on where you live, the type of hospital you want to work at, and the type of nursing you want to practice, a BSN will give you the global view of theory and practice that you won’t get in an ADN.
If you already have your RN, then a “bridge” program, RN to BSN is for you. But for those switching careers or adding starting from the beginning, you must take coursework toward your RN and then take the NCLEX-RN, a licensing exam required for all nurses to prove efficacy and safety standards will be met.
Begin Your Career
Take the advice of the many nurses interviewed on our site and try various paths within nursing, don’t take the first job you get out of panic, and be patient. The right nursing career is just around the corner. And the great thing about nursing? If you don’t like what you have chosen, change it!