High Demand For Licensed Vocational Nurses
If you ever thinked about starting a career in medical domain, as a Licensed Vocational Nurse you should know that now is the time to do this because the hospitals all over the United States are passing through a severe shortage of Registered Nurses (according to a report released by the American Hospital Association).
This activity domain has emerged from lowly beginnings when a Licensed Vocational Nurse was paid not very well and could only to take care of the sick patients. In our days a Licensed Vocational Nurse will do much more and these tasks are made by nursing assistants. Of course, when starting a career in this activity field, the first step is to become an assistant and see if you can handle this job in order to find out if a nursing career is suitable.
To become a nursing assistant only requires basic course work but the paying is low. Because of this many nursing assistants want to begin courses in order to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse.
The Licensed Vocational Nurse (or LVN) is at this moment, in a high demand and the rewards are good: first of all you receive a high salary and imply direct patient care. Also, the Licensed Vocational Nurse works only under the supervision of a Doctor and you should take in consideration that employment opportunities are great.
To become a LVN you have to follow an educational program which lasts at least three semesters of theory and practice (clinical hours). The good part about this educational program is that you can complete it with a combination between distance learning courses and on-site courses for the lab and clinical requirements. The curriculum of a Licensed Vocational Nurse is different, depending on the location of training. After you complete successfully the courses, you will have to pass an official exam which will give you the license you need.
Some hospitals are offering free training programs for those employees who want to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse. Some companies even give free training on site or other distance programs. Those who attend these training programs have a flexible work schedule and might get tuition reimbursement from their companies.
The study time for becoming a Licensed Vocational Nurse is of four years. The registered nurses should have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree but which must be opposed to the Associate Degree Nursing program (that represents the completion of a two year degree program). Again, lately, because of the short number of people who wanted to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse, the salaries have escalated.
A degree in Nursing can be obtained also from some colleges and universities, but which only offer the basic curriculum and they might not be accredited by the NLAC (National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission). The completion time of these programs is short, but keep in mind that you only learn the basics.
It is good to pay attention when choosing the place where you want to start your educational program for becoming a Licensed Vocational Nurse, because if you choose the wrong place you will just waste your time.