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Student Nurse

Student Nurse


Becoming a Student Nurse


Personal Reasons for a Nursing Career


There are several reasons - personal, social, financial - for choosing the nursing profession as a career path.  The personal reasons include the fact that within the profession, there are levels of advancement that allow you to work in the field almost from the very beginning, while continuing your studies.  You can take a training course to become a nurse's aide, or spend a year becoming a certified licensed practical nurse.  Either of those jobs will provide you with the opportunity to work in the medical field while pursuing your studies for a nursing degree.


The Social Factors that will Benefit a Student Nurse


The social factor to consider with regard to nursing is that there has been a nationwide shortage of nurses for several years, and there is no end in sight.  Nursing is the second largest occupational category in the country: there are 2.4 million of them and many more are needed.  The need is projected to rise by over 27% in the next ten years, and that does not take into account the hundreds of thousands of nurses that will be retiring from the current work force.  That is about as close as one can come to job security in this day of corporate mergers and economic boom and bust cycles.  There will always be sick people, and there will be too few nurses for years to come.


The Financial Potential for a Student Nurse


The financial reason for pursuing this career is simply the market forces that are going to be in play.  Nurses are a scarce commodity; good ones are worth keeping and that means paying them well.  The scarcity of nurses has led to the development of the Travel Nurse industry, a market segment whereby licensed nurses travel to relatively short term job assignments – ninety days to a year – because of the desperate shortage the employer faces.  These jobs often come with housing allowances and provide a travel opportunity to an unencumbered RN with a little adventure in the soul. 


Finally, the specialties in nursing are leading to ever more responsible and lucrative niches in the industry.  Another year or so of study beyond a bachelor’s and nursing certification will qualify you as a nurse practitioner.  In this job, the nurse is a primary care provider seeing patients, providing treatment and prescribing medicines.  A nurse practitioner performs many of the tasks of an M.D. and the result is a lucrative career.  Clinical nursing specialists and nurse anesthesiologists are two other specialty fields that require a little more effort with the textbooks and result in a higher paying career.


Getting Started with Student Nursing


As mentioned above, there are a couple of options that allow a student nurse to work in the trade while studying for the degree.  You can get nursing certification with an associate’s degree or even technical school training but it is almost universally agreed that today’s student nurse should pursue a bachelor’s degree.  It will make a difference in the initial hiring phase, right after certification; it will also be of great value should you choose to move into nursing specialties.  With those suggestions in mind, find the school that will work for you – on campus or online.

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