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Nursing Degree Requirements & Schools Guide

Nursing careers offer a wide variety of challenges and specializations; students interested in health and medicine can find some application of nursing to suit their interests. There are four levels of nursing; they are the nurse’s aide, the nurse assistant, the Registered Nurse, and the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. At every level, nurses help educate patients and the public, diagnose patients, care for their medical treatment, and offer emotional support to patients and their families.

Students can enter the profession with education. They can use a nursing certificate program to start as a nurse's aide or assistant, and they can get an associate degree in nursing to become a licensed practical nurse. If students attain a bachelor’s degree, they can become a Registered Nurse. Nurses can grow into the advanced nursing opportunities and leadership positions by education and experience. The Master of Science degree, when combined with clinical education, can qualify nurses as leaders, educators, and experts in their fields.

Nurses work in many settings such as hospitals, clinics, schools, and doctor’s offices. Nurses serve in public health facilities and the military services. They can work in research facilities, in specializations such as pediatrics( children), gerontology (older persons), and surgical settings like nurse anesthetists that monitor patients under anesthesia during surgery.

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