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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.

CareerAnnual Median WageProjected Employment ChangeProjected 2012-2022 Growth
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers323102,40013
Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants2047019,80018
Automotive Body and Related Repairers3885020,40013
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics3671060,4008
*This data is sourced from the 2013 BLS employment report (BLS.gov)

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/

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

San Marcos: 277 Rancheros Drive San Marcos, CA 92069

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

Woodland Hills: 5955 DeSoto Ave Woodland Hills, CA 91367

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

Colorado Springs: 5725 Mark Dabling Boulevard Suite 150 Colorado Springs, CO 80919

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Westminster: 8700 Turnpike Drive Westminster, CO 80030

Pasadena: 299 N. Euclid Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101

Lathrop: 17000 S. Harlan Road Lathrop, CA 95330

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

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Spring: 24624 Interstate 45 Spring, TX 77386

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

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Costa Mesa: 3150 Bristol Street, Suite 100, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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

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

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Launch your career with training from Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health.

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Manchester: 670 N. Commercial St. Suite 403 Manchester, NH 03101

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

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

Philadelphia: 3600 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

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

Allentown: 5151 Tilghman Street Allentown, PA 18104

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Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.

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Fort Lauderdale: 6301 Kaplan University Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

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Tampa: 9309 N. Florida Avenue Tampa, FL 33612

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Pursue your education with Platt College (Oklahoma).

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Tulsa: 3801 S Sheridan Tulsa, OK 74145

Lawton: 112 SW 11th Street Lawton, OK 73501

Oklahoma City: 201 N Eastern Avenue Oklahoma City, OK 73160

Get hands-on training with Vista College.

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Campus Locations :

El Paso: 6101 Montana Avenue El Paso, TX 79925

Lubbock: Pyramid Plaza Building 3223 S. Loop 289, Suite 570 Lubbock, TX 79423

Las Cruces: 850 North Telshor Las Cruces, NM 88011

Longview: 1905 W Loop 281 Suite 21 Longview, TX 75604

Earn your degree online with Grand Canyon University. We offer approximately 100 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in a variety of fields that can be completed 100% online.

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Little Rock: 3300 W Camelback Road Little Rock, AR 72201

Phoenix: 3300 W Camelback Road Phoenix, AZ 85017

Get a professional education designed with your future in mind at Kaplan College.

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Laredo: 6410 McPherson Laredo, TX 78041

Arlington: 2241 S. Watson Rd. Building 200, Suite 100 Arlington, TX 76010

Salida: 5172 Kiernan Court Salida, CA 95368

Indianapolis: 4200 South East Street, #7 Indianapolis, IN 46227

Beaumont: 6115 Eastex Freeway Beaumont, TX 77706

Bakersfield: 1914 Wible Road Bakersfield, CA 93304

Nashville: 750 Envious Lane Nashville, TN 37217

Corpus Christi: South Coast Plaza Corpus Christi, TX 78416

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