Becoming a Nurse

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The ideal guide to finding out everything a potential candidate needs to know, Becoming a Nurse provides a thorough, up-to-date overview on the nursing profession, with sections on: The variety of nursing positions available and their typical workplaces/working conditions Career outlook, benefits, and earnings potential The pros and cons of the nursing field How to know if nursing is the right career choice, with a useful test that evaluates both the emotional and educational qualities that candidates must have ...

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Overview

The ideal guide to finding out everything a potential candidate needs to know, Becoming a Nurse provides a thorough, up-to-date overview on the nursing profession, with sections on: The variety of nursing positions available and their typical workplaces/working conditions Career outlook, benefits, and earnings potential The pros and cons of the nursing field How to know if nursing is the right career choice, with a useful test that evaluates both the emotional and educational qualities that candidates must have Type and level of education needed as well as advice on acing the admission process The responsibilities, requirements, and work study training to become licensed and certified Becoming a Nurse also provides practical information to guide the decision-making process, with a roundup of the best nursing positions, arranged by best overall, best paying, fastest growing and positions with the most openings; terms and phrases commonly used in the nursing field; and where to find additional information. Nursing, a career nearly always in demand, is expected to grow much faster than the average over the next decade. In fact, the employment of registered nurses alone is expected to grow 23% (587,000 new jobs) between 2006 and 2016. Technological advances, which allow more health treatment; an emphasis on preventive care; and the aging population, are all contributing to the increasing demand for more nurses.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576856925
  • Publisher: Learningexpress, Llc
  • Publication date: 8/16/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 765,994
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Kelly's Story xii

Chapter 1 Why Nursing? 1

What Is Nursing? 2

Levels of Nursing 4

Who Are Nurses? 8

The Nursing Process 11

Standards of Nursing Practice 15

State Boards of Nursing and Nurse Practice Acts 16

Nursing Ethics 19

Legal Issues in Nursing 20

Nursing and the Patient Care Partnership 21

Nursing and the Changing Healthcare Environment 22

The Nursing Shortage 24

Chapter 2 The Pros and Cons of Nursing 29

The Pros 29

The Cons 35

The Nursing Experience 38

Suitability Test 54

Chapter 3 Entry-Level Education 59

Choosing an Entry-Level Nursing Program 60

Choosing the Right Program for You 68

Mobility Programs 71

Admission Requirements 73

Tuition and Other Costs 76

Financial Aid 76

Reserve Officers Training Corps 79

Work-Study Programs 82

Nursing Curriculum Essentials 82

Nursing Externships 91

Service Learning 92

Chapter 4 Advanced Nursing Education 95

Master's Level Nursing Education 96

Advanced Practice Nursing 98

Indirect Practice Graduate Education 112

The Nursing Doctorate 117

Chapter 5 Licensure, Certification, and Continuing Education 121

Licensure 121

Continuing Education 133

Certification and Certificates 136

Chapter 6 Nursing as a Career 141

Nursing Specialties 142

Finding Your Niche in Nursing 161

Job Hunting 163

The Nursing Resume 164

The Job Interview 166

Promoting Yourself and Your Career 167

Chapter 7 Wrapping It All Up-What It Means to Be a Nurse 171

Appendix A State Boards of Nursing 197

Appendix B The Best Nursing Positions 207

Magnet Hospitals 207

Highest Paying Nursing Careers 209

Hottest Nursing Specialties 210

Appendix CNursing Organizations 211

National and International Nurses Organizations 211

State and Territorial Nurses Associations 217

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