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Nursing programs in Colorado offer postsecondary training programs for students who are seeking a career as a registered nurse (RN). RNs are responsible for the medical care of sick, diseased, and disabled patients in settings such as hospitals, clinics, schools, nursing homes, and private doctor’s offices. Nurses can specialize in working with specific populations such as children, pregnant women, seniors and emergency room patients. Nursing careers are expected to increase by 22% through the year 2018, making it one of the fastest growing medical careers. The rate of growth is much faster than the 9% average of all occupations. The average salary for an RN is $52,000- $76,000 per year.

Pros and Cons of Vocational Nursing

Vocational nursing is a fast growing field that is attracting more people at the time. Licensed vocational nurse or LVN is a common job title in this field, although the term licensed practical nurse or LPN is often used for the same role. A persistent nursing shortage ensures that the field will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. With job losses in other fields, many people are looking for both the pros and cons of vocational nursing careers.

Pros

  • Flexible work schedules are a major draw for vocational nursing prospects

Many nurses are mothers or fathers, and they try to balance time at home with family with their work time. A nurse whose spouse works a traditional nine to five job can select an afternoon, evening, or overnight shift to ensure that one parent is home with the kids at all times. Hospitals and nursing homes operate around the clock, and they often pay a shift premium to nurses who choose to work outside the traditional nine to five workday.

  • Another big plus for many nurses is the high level of job security that members of the vocational nursing field enjoy

Hospitals and other health care services are always needed, day and night, regardless of the state of the overall economy. With this job security come many opportunities for career advancement. A nurse gains the qualifications needed for promotions into supervisory and management level nursing by continuing to work as a nurse and by getting more nursing education.

  • The good feeling that a nurse gets from helping others is one the biggest pros of a nursing career

Nursing patients back to good health is a very meaningful part of a nurse's job. Nurses do not get lost in a meaningless corporate bureaucracy, but they make a real difference in the lives of others every single day. Even when a nurse loses a patient, she can take comfort in knowing that she helped the patient get through the patient's last hours.

Cons

As in any job, nursing has its cons.

  • Working long hours is one of the less desirable aspects of nursing

Hospitals must maintain a minimum nurse staffing level at all times. When other nurses quit, call in sick, or go on vacation, other nurses are called upon to pick up the slack and cover for them. The nursing shortage makes this problem acute and contributes to nurses leaving the nursing profession.

  • Nursing is hard and physically demanding work

A nurse must be in good health and have a high energy level to perform all of her tasks. Nurses make detailed decisions that change minute by minute, and this increases the nurse's stress level. Some nurses reach a point where they are burned out and have to leave the profession.

  • Nurses have to deal with difficult people, not only with the patients, but also with other medical personnel

Patients can be hard to manage because they are sick and irritable. Nurses are human and make mistakes, and the mistakes can cause their patients to be even more difficult to deal with.

The LVN or LPN is not the only professional nursing designation. A certified nursing assistant or CNA has a supporting role to an LVN or LPN. A registered nurse or RN can work in areas of nursing that are not open to an LVN or LPN, such as supervision or management and they're allowed to perform procedures that the other two are not.

The pros and cons of working as a CNA or RNA rather than an LVN or LPN mainly have to do with length of education and rate of pay. A CNA job does not require as much education as an LVN or LPN, but the CNA job has lower pay. An RN requires more years of education than an LVN or LPN, but the RN job pays more.

Those who are considering a nursing career need to carefully weigh the pros and the cons. Vocational nursing is a very rewarding field, and there will always be a demand for qualified nurses. Some people find great satisfaction and fulfillment by working as nurses.


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