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Nursing

There are several entry points to a career in the nursing field. What’s best for you depends on your interests and education. You can enter the field by earning a basic Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA 1) certification. This would qualify you for an entry-level position that provides valuable hands-on experience working with staff and patients in a medical environment. With this experience, you progress through training to become a Registered Nurse. If you already have a CNA certification or experience in a nursing or long-term care you may want to pursue certification that will move you to a higher salaried position.

 

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Employers in this field are looking for candidates with a love of working with people that work well as part of a caregiving team and have the ability to deal with bodily fluids and bodily contact. Nursing or care-giving experience is a plus.

 

Nursing Career Path Flow

  • Certified Nursing Assistant 1
  • Provides basic patient care under direction of nursing staff
  • $10.41
  • 6-8 Week Training + State Board
  • CNA 1 Med

     

    For additional information about this occupation visit www.qualityinfo.org and enter Certified Nursing Assistant in the keyword, occupational search area.


  • Certified Medication Aide
  • Provides basic patient care under direction of nursing staff
  • $13.50
  • CNA 1, CMA Training + Exam
  • CNA 2  LPN  RN

     

    For additional information about this occupation, visit www.qualityinfo.org and enter Certified Medical Assistant in the keyword, occupational search area.


  • Certified Nursing Assistant 2
  • In addition to providing basic patient care under the direction of nursing staff, a CNA 2 can obtain specialization in specific areas such as aid in restorative care, dementia care, and short-stay facilities.
  • $16.00
  • CNA 1 License + 6-8 Week Training
  • LPN  RN

     

    For additional information about this occupation visit www.qualityinfo.org and enter Certified Nursing Assistant 2 in the keyword, occupational search area.


  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Care for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions.
  • $19.27
  • Associates Degree + Licensing Exam (Some programs prefer CNA experience)
  • RN

     

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  • Registered Nurse
  • Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records.
  • $29.16
  • Bachelor's (PCC offers AAS RN Degree) + Licensing Exam
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • For additional information about this occupation visit www.qualityinfo.org and enter Register Nurse in the keyword, occupational search area.