Nursing Opportunities 2

Thursday, July 08, 2010

The demand for nurses is very high and the rewards include job availability, flexibility and competitive pay. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses education and training for nurses.

Dr. Hill:

There are two types of nursing degrees, LPN and RN.

LPNs, or Licensed Practical Nurses, perform direct care duties for patients, such as taking vital signs, giving injections and assisting with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, eating and walking. RNs or Registered Nurses perform more complex care tasks.

There are three types of Registered Nursing programs in Mississippi:

An Associates Degree in Nursing is a two to three year program offered at junior and community colleges that prepares you to provide direct patient care in the outpatient, inpatient or home settings.

A Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing is a four-year program offered at colleges and universities. More training is spent in nursing theory and management.

A Masters Degree in Nursing prepares a nurse for leadership, management and more independent roles, such as critical care nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, educator or researcher.

Many nurses will advance their training as they work. Many employers offer tuition assistance programs to help with the education costs.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.