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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.

Nursing

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 Repairers325902,40013.6
Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants2090019,80018.1
Automotive Body and Related Repairers4032020,40013.3
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics3712060,4008.6
*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/

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

Programs : Nursing (RN), Nursing Assistant, Nursing (Practical), and more.

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Allentown: 5151 Tilghman Street Allentown, PA 18104

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Lowell: 211 Plain Street Lowell, MA 01852

Somerville: 5 Middlesex Ave Somerville, MA 02145

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 Please call on  844-252-4552 to talk to a respresentative.

Programs : Associate Degree in Nursing, Practical Nursing, PN RN Associate Degree Bridge Program, and more.

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Orange Park: 560 Wells Road Orange Park, FL 32073

Smyrna: 21088 Cobb Parkway Smyrna, GA 30080

Montgomery: 3736 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, AL 36109

Foley: 200 East Laurel Ave Foley, AL 36535

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

Kingston: 166 Slocum Street Kingston, PA 18704

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

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Norfolk: 6300 Center Drive, Suite 100 Norfolk, VA 23502

Cookeville: 1025 Hwy. 111 Cookeville, TN 38501

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Nursing Degree Programs from Grand Canyon University's College of Nursing & Health Care Professions

Programs : M.S. in Nursing: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with an Emphasis in Adult-Gerontology, M.S. in Nursing with an Emphasis in Leadership in Health Care Systems (Bridge), Doctor of Nursing Practice, and more.

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As an accredited university with online degree programs in five schools, Capella University is committed to helping you accomplish your goals through a high-caliber educational experience.

Programs : DNP - BSN-to-DNP (CCNE-accredited), MBA - MSN-to-MBA Business Administration, MSN - Nursing, General (CCNE-accredited), and more.

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Get allied health training with Ross Medical Education Center.

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Port Huron: 2887 Krafft Road Suite 700 Port Huron, MI 48060

Erlanger: 600 Rodeo Drive, Ste. 2 Erlanger, KY 41018

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Canton: 44958 Ford Road Canton, MI 48187

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Davison: 815 South State Street Davison, MI 48423

Cincinnati: 11590 Century Blvd., Ste. 210 Cincinnati, OH 45246

Owensboro: 410 Southtown Blvd Suite 6 Owensboro, KS 42303

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Sylvania: 5834 Monroe Street Suite F - J Sylvania, OH 43560

Bowling Green: 1751 Scottsville Road, Suite 1 Bowling Green, KY 42104

Granger: 445 E. University Drive Granger, IN 46530

Portage: 6235 South Westnedge Portage, MI 49002

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Muncie: 411 West Riggin Muncie, IN 47303

Johnson City: 3021 E. Oakland Ave. Johnson City, TN 37601

Evansville: 227 N Green River Rd Evansville, IN 47715

Fort Wayne: 4122 Lima Road Unit A5 Fort Wayne, IN 46805

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Shreveport: 2106 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop Shreveport, LA 71118

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Founded in 1886, American National University (ANU) is dedicated to the training and education of men and women for a full life and a successful career in a number of fields in Business & Health care.

Programs : Medical Assisting - Associate, and more.

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Canton: 4736 Dressler Rd NW Canton, OH 44718

Wickliffe: 27557 Chardon Rd Wickliffe, OH 44092

Fort Wayne: 6131 North Clinton St Fort Wayne, IN 46825

South Bend: 1030 East Jefferson Blvd South Bend, IN 46617

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Florence: 8095 Connector Dr Florence, KY 41042

Indianapolis: 6060 Castleway West Dr Indianapolis, IN 46250

Stow: 3855 Fishcreek Rd Stow, OH 44224

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

Programs : Bachelors of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN, Accelerated MS in Nursing, and more.

Campus Locations : Online

Welcome to Cumberland University! Cumberland University is located in Lebanon, Tennessee, 30 miles east of Nashville. Founded in 1842, Cumberland University offers a variety of educational, athletic and social experiences to enhance the learning opportunities of the current student body. The university has an exceptional academic program steeped in the liberal arts. Athletic teams regularly compete for conference and national championships.

Programs : RN-BSN Degree, and more.

Campus Locations : Online

Take a step forward in your career with Bryan University.

Programs : Medical Assistant, and more.

Campus Locations :

Springfield: 4255 Nature Center Way Springfield, MO 65806

Topeka: 1527 S.W. Fairlawn Rd. Topeka, KS 66604

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