While many professions in the health care industry have a multitude of advantages, perhaps none can compare to being a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). In addition to being extremely lucrative, both positions have a rich and esteemed history of service to others. The following examples illustrate how both career paths can benefit the title holder:
What Are The Benefits of Becoming a Registered Nurse?
- Job security. Job growth rates indicate that by 2024, there will be over 3.1 million RN positions waiting to be filled. This data means becoming a RN has long-term job security.
- Good pay. Currently RNs make a median pay of $67,497.
- The benefits. RNs get many benefits such as paid holidays, as well as an excellent benefits package for full-time RNs.
- Flexibility. RNs have job flexibility and several shift options to choose from.
- Can specialize in specific fields. RNs have the option to specialize in specific fields such as pediatrics.
- More responsibility. RNs are expected to perform more supervisory responsibilities.
- Flexible work environments. RNs not only have the option to relocate, but they can also choose from a variety of job sites including doctor’s offices, hospitals, and nursing homes.
What Are The Benefits of Becoming a LPN?
- Job security. Job growth rates indicate that by 2024 there will be over 117,000 LPN positions waiting to be filled with plenty of entry-level positions.
- Good pay. Currently LPNs make a median pay of $43,169.
- Quick educational turnaround. Someone can go from being a student to a certified LPN in only 12 months. In addition, some LPNs have the option to further their education while they’re working.
- Access to several certification opportunities. LPNs have many opportunities to pursue different certifications in the health care field.
- Good work-life balance. LPNs have work schedules that will allow them to better balance their work and home lives.
- Flexible work environments. LPNs also have the option to relocate and can find employment at a variety of job sites.
- Form unique bonds. LPNs have the opportunity to form unique bonds with their patients.
This blog is part of a series in celebration of National Nurses Week which is held from May 6-12 every year.