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Nurses are an essential part of the health care profession.  They provide medical care, comfort, and some counseling to the patients with which they come in contact.  They also assist doctors and other health professions in providing treatment and maintaining the clinic or hospital setting.  Nursing is comprised on many different fields and many different levels of employment.  In many cases, their positions closely relate to their personal career interests,  work values, and transferable skills.  Some employers of nurses can include hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, clinics, home health agencies, correctional facilities, and schools.  Students have the opportunity to seek to educate themselves at the certificate, associates, baccalaureate, masters or continuing education levels. 

Certified Nurses Assistants - CNA's are people who assist patients or clients with healthcare needs under the supervision of a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Vocational Nurse.  CNA's are most commonly employed in convalescent facilities, in-home health care organizations, and small practices.  Most CNA programs take between 18 and 36 weeks to complete.

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Licensed Vocational Nurses - LVN's are nurses that are licensed by the state to provide routine patient care. LVN's must be supervised by registered nurses or doctors and are limited to the types of services they can provide patients.  Most LVN programs take about three semesters to complete.

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Registered Nurses - An RN is a nurse that has completed a course of study and passed the proper examinations to become licensed and registered.  Registered nurses provide the greatest level of care for many patients.  They not only provide specific types of care, but also give advice and help coordinate other health services for patients.  Most RN programs require about two years of pre-requisites in addition to the two years for the actual RN training.

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Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing - A BSN is a college level course of study designed to further the education of registered nurses.  Receiving a BSN allows a registered nurse to acquire formal education recognition that will allow the nurse to broaden his or her scope of practice.  Most BSN programs take between four and six years to complete.

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Last updated: 2/18/2010 1:54:07 PM