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National Nurses Week: What Are The Advantages of Becoming a RN or LPN?

by Tim Brunicardi on May 11, 2018

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.Untitled design
  • 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 environmentsRNs 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 environmentsLPNs 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.

For more information on Hocking College's Practical Nursing or Registered Nursing degrees, call their admissions office at (740)-753-7075 or email admissions@hocking.edu.

This blog is part of a series in celebration of National Nurses Week which is held from May 6-12 every year.

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