Career Change: Turning to the Healthcare Industry

With our struggling economy countless people have decided to make career changes and many are turning to the healthcare industry.Nursing offers a secure future along with various rewards.Becoming a License Vocational Nurse (LVN) is a great way to enter this fast-growing field.

A Licensed Vocational Nurse is a highly valuable part of the nursing team.They provide direct patient care while working under the direction of RNs, doctors, and other medical professionals. LVN's work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, long-term care facilities, nursing homes and clinics.Licensed Vocational Nurses common duties include taking vital signs, including temperature, blood pressure, pulse and respiration, monitoring catheters and IVs, preparing and delivering medications and injections, applying and changing treatments and dressings, performing some routine lab tests and keeping patients comfortable.

While the requirements to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse vary by state, generally you'll need to have a high school diploma and complete an accredited training program at a community college or vocational school.A training program will take you about one year to complete and will include classroom and hands-on instruction and training in how to give basic care, perform CPR and first aid, monitor patients, and conduct basic medical procedures and tests. At the conclusion of your training program, you'll need to pass the NCLEX-PN licensing exam in order to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse.

Working as a Licensed Vocational Nurse can be physically demanding, and people seeking a career in Nursing should be in good health and good physical shape. Working as an LVN requires careful attention to detail, good time management and multi-tasking skills, an ability to analyze information and good communication skills.

License Vocation Nurses are referred to as LVN's in the state of California and Texas. All other states refer to them as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN).Their scope of practice does change from state to state and the California license is accepted in all U. S. states.

Many people are unsure on how to become an LVN or what LVN college or technical/vocational school to attend. Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts can offer you the educational avenue in becoming a highly trained Licensed Vocational Nurse in just over a year.The requirements to becoming a Licensed Vocational Nursing student at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts are :

1. Fill out an application, you may be asked to attend an interview.

2. You will be required to take an SLE (entrance exam) and pass with a score of 19. This exam consists of basic math and basic English.

3. All applicants need to have a High School Diploma or equivalent (example a G.E.D. or proof that your foreign education is equivalent to United States high school diploma).

4. Applicants must successfully complete or test out of Essential Medical Bioscience, a course offered on-site at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts.

5. Have a strong desire to help and care for others.

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