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How to Become a Nurse

The career of a registered nurse, or RN, is one of the best known and most well respected in our society today. Nurses are often the people who give us the most care and support when we are ill, or even when we are merely going through a routine checkup. From helping diagnose symptoms, to administering tests and writing reports, nurses are there every step of the way in a patient’s treatment experience.

Nurses, whether Licensed Practical Nurse (LPNs), RNs, or Nurse Practitioners, have the chance to work in a variety of settings and interact with a whole host of patients with varying needs. There are many opportunities for specialization within the nursing field.

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How to Become a CNA

If you’re considering a career in the medical field, you’ve probably thought about becoming a CNA, or Certified Nursing Assistant.  Alongside nurses and doctors, CNAs have a very direct part in caring for patients, particularly those in a long term care facility or who need long term care in their home. Certified Nursing Assistants may also be sometimes referred to as aides, attendants, or orderlies. On a day to day basis, a CNA will be responsible for many of a patient’s physical needs: getting dressed, being fed and bathed, or being assisted in small and large tasks. A Certified Nursing Assistant will also take vital signs, report to staff in terms of patient well being, and help patients go from one area of a hospital, home or other care facility if they require assistance. There are several common locations that CNAs work: homes, hospitals, day cares, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. The work is usually full time, with a variety of shifts depending upon patients’ needs. After becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant, you will report to either an LPN or an RN. These individuals have much experience and advice to share with those just entering the medical field.

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