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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/

Vocational Nursing Schools
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Melrose Park: 8317 W. North Avenue Melrose Park, IL 60160

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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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Portland: 1425 NE Irving Street Portland, OR 97232

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Kansas City: 3239 Broadway Kansas City, MO 64111

San Bernardino: 201 E. Airport Drive San Bernardino, CA 92408

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At Fortis Institute, you may get the skills and training you need to prepare for a career. * Programs vary by location * Please contact each individual campus for accreditation information

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Port Saint Lucie: 9022 South US Highway 1 Port St. Lucie Port Saint Lucie, FL 34952

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Cuyahoga Falls: 2545 Bailey Road Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

Pensacola: 4081 East Olive Road Suite B Pensacola, FL 32514

Largo: 6565 Ulmerton Road Largo, FL 33771

Miami: 19600 South Dixie Highway, Suite B Cutler Bay Miami, FL 33157

Phoenix: 555 North 18th Street Ste. 110 Phoenix, AZ 85006

Scranton: 517 Ash Street Scranton, PA 18509

Nashville: 3354 Perimeter Hill Dr. 3354 Perimeter Hill Dr. Nashville, TN 37211

Erie: 5757 West 26th Street Erie, PA 16506

Ravenna: 653 Enterprise Parkway Ravenna, OH 44266

Towson: 700 York Road Towson, MD 21204

Mobile: 3590 Pleasant Valley Road Mobile, AL 36609

Lawrence Township: 2572 Brunswick Pike Suite 100 Lawrence Township, NJ 08648

Dothan: 200 Vulcan Way Dothan, AL 36303

Hyattsville: 4351 Garden City Drive Hyattsville, MD 20785

Birmingham: 100 London Parkway Birmingham, AL 35211

Orange Park: 560 Wells Road Orange Park, FL 32073

Kingston: 166 Slocum Street Kingston, PA 18704

Smyrna: 21088 Cobb Parkway Smyrna, GA 30080

Windsor Mill: 6901 Security Blvd. Windsor Mill, MD 21244

Grand Prairie: 401 E. Palace Parkway Suite 100 Grand Prairie, TX 75050

Houston: 450 N.Sam Houston Parkway Houston, TX 77060

Baton Rouge: 9255 Interline Ave. Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Foley: 200 East Laurel Ave Foley, AL 36535

Wayne: 201 Willowbrook Blvd. Wayne, NJ 07470

Columbia: 246 Stoneridge Drive Suite 101 Columbia, SC 29210

Get your career started with Intercoast Colleges.

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Mount Laurel: 1000 Howard Boulevard Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Paramus: 160 E. Route 4 Paramus, NJ 07652

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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Jacksonville: 6700 Southpoint Parkway, Suite 400 Jacksonville, FL 32216

Lakeland: 2400 Interstate Drive Lakeland, FL 33805

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

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Hopkins: 10901 Red Circle Drive Ste. 150 Hopkins, MN 55343

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

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

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

Overland Park: 10310 Mastin Overland Park, KS 66212

Watertown: 925 29th Street SE Suite E Watertown, SD 57201

Colorado Springs: 1350 Space Center Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80915

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

Burnsville: 513 W Travelers Trail Burnsville, MN 55337

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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