Dreams of Becoming an RN?

November 24, 2016

 

Did you know that in the healthcare profession you can rise from the bottom to the top levels? Yes, the healthcare profession provides you with the platform to work your way up from the CNA bottom level, up to the LPN level and later to the RN level.

 

People say that rising the ranks in the nursing field is hard to achieve, however, this is not true. To rise from the Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) through to the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to a Registered Nurse (RN) is easier than what people say about it. In fact, you only require more commitment and hard work to achieve this, and within two years you will have achieved the goal to become an RN.

Rising the levels involves the following steps:

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

The nursing assistant level is the entry level into the field of nursing. To become a CNA, you only require a high school diploma from a renowned college or university and be at least 18 years old. With the credentials mentioned above, you require going through a CNA training program offered at your nearest local community college. This training takes roughly two weeks to complete. Alternatively, you may acquire paid training with the commitment of course from one of the many nursing homes that offer it.

 

To acquire the CNA certification, you need to pass the competency exam that is offered after completing the training program. The CNAcertification is important since it shows that you possess the adequate level of skills to handle patients. Also, you can choose to gain professional certification in specific areas such as geriatrics. This additional specialization not only makes you more marketable but also help you get a higher pay.

The responsibilities of a certified nurse are: helping nurses perform tasks such as repositioning and changing dressings, checking patient’s blood sugars and other vital signs and helping patients with the basic living activities such as bathing and eating.

How much does a CNA earn? This is a crucial question asked by anyone willing to join the healthcare profession as a CNA. The average wage for CNAs is $11.73 per hour as given by the National Bureau of Labor and Statistics. However, there are ways through which you can make more money such as; working over the weekends, overtime and at night.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

The LPN program takes roughly one year to complete. Although the CNA qualification is not required for you to take the LPN program, it gives you the advantage of understanding better than someone without nursing experience. At this level, you learn topics such as; patient assessment, wound care and medication administration.

 

Upon qualifying as an LPN, you change from taking orders to giving them. The average wage for LPNs is $19.97 per hour as obtained from the National Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

Registered Nurse (RN)

To become a Registered Nurse, you require more time and education than both CNA and LPN. Alternatively, you hold more responsibilities than an LPN and or a CNA. RN programs take at least two years to complete. After completion, the RN can work in many settings such as clinics, community health, nursing homes, aesthetics, education, and management.

If you are an RN or know a qualified RN, inform them about the jobs available at Open Door Personnel. To enroll for an RN job at open door, visit their website at www.OpenDoorPersonnel.com

 

On average, an RN earns approximately $31.48 per hour as indicated by the National Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

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