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Vocational Nursing Schools

The field of nursing has dozens of different specialties that students can pursue once they have met the basic educational requirements to become registered nurses or licensed practical nurses. With additional education and training, nurses may move on to become certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners and nurse educators, or they work in different areas of hospitals, such as geriatrics, labor and delivery, emergency room, obstetrics and many other nursing specialties.

Specialty nursing careers

Demand for registered nurses is expected to grow 19 percent, or 526,800 new jobs, from 2012 through 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) reports. However, demand is much stronger for nursing specialties, including:

  • Nurse practitioners (34 percent)
  • Nurse midwives (29 percent)
  • Nurse anesthetists (25 percent)

All told, the three nursing specialties are projected to grow by 47,600 positions through from 2012 through 2022, the BLS reports. Other nursing specialty professions include charge nurses, clinical nurse managers, chief nursing officers, intensive care nurses and ambulatory surgical nurses.

Nursing education, degrees and certifications

Specialty nurses typically need years of intensive training and education -- nurse practitioners and nurse midwives usually have completed master's- and sometimes doctorate-level educational programs, the BLS reports.

It doesn't take years to get started in the profession, though. Some nurses choose to get their start in the field by working as licensed practical nurses or licensed vocational nurses. LVNs and LPNs typically complete yearlong educational programs at nursing trade schools or community colleges and pass state licensing tests. Some LVNs choose to further their education by completing associate's or bachelor's degrees in nursing and becoming registered nurses.

Coursework for nursing education programs varies between classes in theory and practice. Coursework at nursing trade schools can include:

  • Basic and advanced nursing theory and research
  • Organization, delivery and health care policy
  • Pharmacology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Nursing assessment
  • Nursing leadership

Nurse education programs vary by institution and degree conferred -- usually a diploma or associate's and bachelor's degrees.

Nursing salaries and career outlook

LVNs and LPNs are the lowest-paid nurses, the BLS reports. Still, LPNs earned national median hourly wages of $20.15 in May of 2013, the BLS reports. The top 10 percent took home 27.90 an hour, while the lowest 10 percent earned $15.05.

With their more advanced education, registered nurses command higher wages. RNs earned national median hourly wages of $31.84 in May of 2013, the BLS reports. Nurse midwives earned national median hourly wages of $44.37, while nurse practitioners earned $44.55 an hour.

Growth for nurses of all types is expected to be highest in the country's most densely populated states, but nurses are in high demand in rural parts of the county as well, the BLS reports. Demand is driven primarily by increased need for health care services.

Nurses are the backbone of hospitals and physicians offices. Their scope of work varies by their education and the licenses they hold. Students interested in this growing field can get their careers started by enrolling at nurse vocational, trade and technical schools.

Sources:

Discover Nursing Specialties, Johnson & Johnson, Accessed July 24, 2014, http://www.discovernursing.com/explore-specialties#no-filters

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, January 8, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/licensed-practical-and-licensed-vocational-nurses.htm

Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives and Nurse Practitioners, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, January 8, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nurse-anesthetists-nurse-midwives-and-nurse-practitioners.htm#tab-1

Nurse Midwives, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291161.htm

Nurse Practitioners, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291171.htm

Registered Nurses, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291141.htm

Registered Nurses, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, January 8, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm

RN to BSN Curriculum, Jacksonville University School of Nursing, Accessed July 24, 2014, http://www.jacksonvilleu.com/programs/bachelors-degree/rn-to-bsn-online/curriculum/

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As a student at South University, you will have the opportunity to learn from accomplished faculty members who have real-world experience in the subjects that they teach. Our small class sizes allow you to receive personalized attention from instructors, and the encouragement to recognize your goals for the future and the means to achieve them.

Programs : Nursing (BS), Nursing with a specialization in Nurse Administrator (MSN), RN to Master of Science in Nursing with specialization in Nurse Administrator (MSN), and more..

Campus Locations :

High Point: 3975 Premier Center Drive High Point, NC 27265

Austin: 7700 W Parmer Ln, Building A, Suite A100 Austin, TX 78729

Savannah: 709 Mall Road Savannah, GA 31406

Columbia: 9 Science Court Columbia, SC 29203

Montgomery: 5355 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116

Novi: 41555 Twelve Mile Road Novi, MI 48377

Tampa: 4401 North Himes Ave., Suite 175 Tampa, FL 33614

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Henderson: 170 N. Stephanie Street 1st Floor Henderson, NV 89074

Chesapeake: 825 Greenbier Circle #100 Suite 100 Chesapeake, VA 23320

Portland: 425 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97204

Bremerton: 155 Washington Avenue Suite 200 Bremerton, WA 98337

Torrance: 1231 Cabrillo Avenue Ste. 201 Torrance, CA 90501

Arlington: 2801 E. Division Street Suite 250 Arlington, TX 76011

Melrose Park: 1101 W. North Avenue, Suite 1 Melrose Park, IL 60160

Tacoma: 2156 Pacific Ave. Tacoma, WA 98402

Anaheim: 511 North Brookhurst Suite 300 Anaheim, CA 92801

Los Angeles: 3460 Wilshire Blvd. Ste. 500 Los Angeles, CA 90010

Vancouver: 120 N.E. 136th Ave Ste. 130 Vancouver, WA 98684

Dallas: 6060 N. Central Expressway Dallas, TX 75206

Ontario: 1460 S. Millikin Avenue Ontario, CA 91761

Gardena: 1045 W. Redondo Beach Blvd. Suite 275 Gardena, CA 90247

Renton: 981 Powell Ave. SW Ste. 200 Renton, WA 98057

LA Puente: 12801 Crossroads Parkway South LA Puente, CA 91746

Everett: 906 SE Everett Mall Way Suite 600 Everett, WA 98208

Aurora: 14280 E. Jewell Ave. Ste 100 Aurora, CO 80012

Springfield: 1010 West Sunshine Springfield, MO 65807

Willowbrook: 6880 N Frontage Road Suite 400 Willowbrook, IL 60527

Alsip: 11560 South Kedzie Avenue Alsip, IL 60803

San Francisco: 814 Mission Street Ste. 500 San Francisco, CA 94103

Atlanta: 2841 Greenbriar Parkway SW Atlanta, GA 30331

Fort Worth: 4200 South Freeway Suite 1940 Fort Worth, TX 76115

Reseda: 18040 Sherman Way Ste. 400 Reseda, CA 91335

San Bernardino: 217 E. Club Center Drive Suite A San Bernardino, CA 92408

Hayward: 22336 Main Street 1st Floor Hayward, CA 94541

Kansas City: 1740 W. 92nd Street Kansas City, MO 64114

Skokie: 9811 Woods Drive 2nd Floor Skokie, IL 60077

Newport News: 803 Diligence Dr. Newport News, VA 23606

Santa Ana: 500 W. Santa Ana Blvd. Santa Ana, CA 92703

Seattle: 2111 N. Northgate Way Suite 218 Seattle, WA 98133

Denver: 9065 Grant St. Denver, CO 80229

Colorado Springs: 1815 Jet Wing Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80916

Woodbridge: 14555 Potomac Mills Road Woodbridge, VA 22192

Alhambra: 2215 W. Mission Road Alhambra, CA 91803

Bedford Park: 7414 S. Cicero Avenue Bedford Park, IL 60499

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South Portland: 207 Gannet Drive South Portland, ME 04106

Fairfield: College of Medical Arts 1652 West Texas Street #15 Fairfield, CA 94533

Kittery: 275 US Route 1 Kittery, ME 03904

West Covina: 1400 West Covina Parkway 2nd/3rd Floors West Covina, CA 91790

At University of Phoenix, we believe everyone deserves access to higher education.

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Lone Tree: 10004 Park Meadows Drive Lone Tree, CO 80124

Salida: 5330 Pirrone Road Salida, CA 95368

Honolulu: 745 Fort Street Suite 2000 Honolulu, HI 96813

Livermore: 2481 Constitution Drive Livermore, CA 94551

Tucson: 300 South Craycroft Road Tucson, AZ 85711

Pasadena: 299 N. Euclid Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101

Baton Rouge: 2431 S. Acadian Thruway Baton Rouge, LA 70808

San Diego: 3870 Murphy Canyon Road, Suite 310 San Diego, CA 92123

Dallas: 12400 Coit Road Suite 200 Dallas, TX 75251

Kapolei: Kapolei Building 1001 Kamokila Blvd Kapolei, HI 96707

Fort Lauderdale: 550 W. Cypress Creek Road Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Bakersfield: 4900 California Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93309

San Jose: 3590 N. First St San Jose, CA 95134

Independence: 5005 Rockside Road Suite 130 Independence, OH 44131

Killeen: 902 West Central Texas Expressway Suite 300 Killeen, TX 76541

Woodland Hills: 5955 DeSoto Ave Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Arlington: 3900 Arlington Highlands Boulevard Suite 237 Arlington, TX 76018

Miami: 11410 NW 20th Street Miami, FL 33172

Mesa: 1620 South Stapley Drive Mesa, AZ 85204

Fairfield: 5253 Business Center Drive Fairfield, CA 94534

Westminster: 8700 Turnpike Drive Westminster, CO 80030

Sacramento: 1760 Creekside Oaks Drive Suite 100 Sacramento, CA 95833

Los Angeles: 14320 Firestone Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90038

Houston: 11451 Katy Freeway Suite 100 Houston, TX 77079

Gardena: 1515 W. 190th Gardena, CA 90248

San Antonio: 8200 West Interstate 10 Suite 910 San Antonio, TX 78230

Oakland: 1200 Clay Street Oakland, CA 94612

Fresno: 45 East River Park Place West Suite 101 Fresno, CA 93720

Costa Mesa: 3100 Bristol Street Suite 500 Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Ontario: 3110 E. Guasti Road Ontario, CA 91761

Lathrop: 17000 S. Harlan Road Lathrop, CA 95330

Lancaster: 1220 W. Avenue J Lancaster, CA 93534

Hollywood: 2400 SW 145th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33027

Murrieta: 25240 Hancock Avenue Murrieta, CA 92562

San Marcos: 277 Rancheros Drive San Marcos, CA 92069

Diamond Bar: 1370 S. Valley Vista Dr. Diamond Bar, CA 91765

Chula Vista: 2060 Otay Lakes Road Chula Vista, CA 91915

Jacksonville: 4500 Salisbury Road Suite 200 Jacksonville, FL 32216

Spring: 24624 Interstate 45 Spring, TX 77386

Southfield: 26261 Evergreen Road Southfield, MI 48076

Visalia: 301 East Acequia Ave Visalia, CA 93291

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Virginia Beach: 5501 Greenwich Road Suite #100 Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Raleigh: 4101 Doie Cope Road Raleigh, NC 27613

Richmond: 800 Moorefield Park Drive #302 Richmond, VA 23236

Newport News: 1001 Omni Boulevard Suite #200 Newport News, VA 23606

Greenville: 1001 Keys Drive #100 Greenville, SC 29615

At Concorde, you’ll find that a “learn by doing” approach to healthcare training will get you the skills you need to succeed-- and get you into the workforce quickly.

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Orlando: 3444 McCrory Place Orlando, FL 32803

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Wichita: 8428 W. 13th St. N. Ste. 120 Wichita, KS 67212

Tulsa: 8040 S. Sheridan Road Tulsa, OK 74133

Sioux Falls: 5801 South Corporate Place Sioux Falls, SD 57108

Kansas City: 7490 NW 87th Street Kansas City, MO 64153

Overland Park: 10310 Mastin Overland Park, KS 66212

Albuquerque: 4775 Indian School Road N.E. Ste. 200 Albuquerque, NM 87110

Houston: 1511 Katy Freeway Suite 600 Houston, TX 77079

Austin: 6800 West Gate Blvd. #101 Austin, TX 78745

Lees Summit: 401 NW Murray Road Lees Summit, MO 64081

Littleton: 8242 S. University Blvd. Ste. 100 Littleton, CO 80122

Colorado Springs: 1915 Jamboree Drive Suite 185 Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Denver: 1325 South Colorado Boulevard Suite 100 Denver, CO 80222

Minneapolis: 6200 Shingle Creek Parkway Suite 130 Minneapolis, MN 55430

Independence: 3620 Arrowhead Avenue Independence, MO 64057

Get a hands-on, job-specific education at Lincoln Technical Institute.

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Casselberry: 7275 Estapona Circle Casselberry, FL 32730

Shelton: 8 Progress Drive Shelton, CT 06484

Lincoln: Lincoln Mall 622 George Washington Highway Lincoln, RI 02865

Paramus: 160 E. Route 4 Paramus, NJ 07652

Allentown: 5151 Tilghman Street Allentown, PA 18104

New Britain: 200 John Downey Drive New Britain, CT 06051

Philadelphia: 2180 Hornig Road Philadelphia, PA 19116

Mount Laurel: 1000 Howard Boulevard Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Edison: 1697 Oak Tree Road Edison, NJ 08820

Somerville: 5 Middlesex Ave Somerville, MA 02145

Brockton: 375 Westgate Drive Brockton, MA 02301

Lowell: 211 Plain Street Lowell, MA 01852

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West Palm Beach: 2410 Metrocentre Blvd West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Melrose Park: 8317 W. North Avenue Melrose Park, IL 60160

Marietta: 2359 Windy Hill Road Marietta, GA 30067

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Tallahassee: 1700 Halstead Blvd Bldg. 2 Tallahassee, FL 32309

Fort Lauderdale: 1500 W. Commercial Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Port Saint Lucie: 10330 South U.S. 1 Port Saint Lucie, FL 34952

Lakeland: 2400 Interstate Drive Lakeland, FL 33805

Daytona Beach: 1800 Business Park Blvd Daytona Beach, FL 32114

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