The History of Nursing.
Nursing has a rich and noble history with roots that can be traced back to the early Roman Empire and Middle Ages. Over time the ongoing contributions of advocates like sanitation reform pioneer-and founder of the modern nursing movement-Florence Nightingale, have helped nursing evolve into the challenging, rewarding and highly regarded profession it is today. Although no one can deny the contributions modern technology has made to the advancement of this profession, at its core nursing has always been a career that hinges on one person’s ability to gain another person’s complete confidence and trust.
The Advantages of Becoming a Registered Nurse.
If you become a registered nurse, you will place yourself in a position to inspire your patients to reevaluate their life choices, take better care of themselves and start living a healthier lifestyle. In addition, the following points represent some of the additional reasons why making the decision to become an RN can be extremely beneficial:
- There’s currently a nursing shortage. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be roughly 800,000 job openings for nurses by 2020.
- There’s job flexibility in nursing. Regardless if you want to work full or part-time, or even on a seasonal or temporary basis, there will always be job openings in this field to accommodate qualified applicants.
- Nurses can work anywhere. Few careers offer job seekers the option to work in virtually any city, state or country other than nursing.
- There’s versatility in nursing. Currently there are over 200 specific areas that nurses can choose to specialize in.
- Nursing pays extremely well. Presently, the median pay a nurse can expect to make is $67,500.
- Nursing can inspire creativity. It’s not uncommon for nurses to invent, develop and patent medical devices geared to improve the quality of their patients' care.
- Applicants can go from student to RN in a short period of time. At Hocking College, a student in the nursing program can receive an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree in only 4 semesters.
Registered Nurses Have Options.
Nursing is a career that offers any degree holder a virtual variety of potential job prospects in the following areas:
- Nursing homes
- Public health
- Industrial nurse
- Surgical nurse
- Nurse informatics specialist
- Private duty nurse
- Legal nurse consultant