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

Programs : Master of Science in Nursing/Nurse Education, Master of Health Administration/Master of Business Administration/Project Management, Master of Science in Nursing/Nurse Administration, and more.

Campus Locations :

Honolulu: 745 Fort Street Suite 2000 Honolulu, HI 96813

Phoenix: 4635 E. Elwood Street Phoenix, AZ 85040

Salida: 5330 Pirrone Road Salida, CA 95368

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

Tucson: 300 South Craycroft Road Tucson, AZ 85711

Beale AFB: 17849 16 Street Beale AFB, CA 95903

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

Houston: 11451 Katy Freeway Suite 100 Houston, TX 77079

Hollywood: 2400 SW 145th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33027

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

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

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

San Marcos: 277 Rancheros Drive San Marcos, CA 92069

El Centro: 3095 N. Imperial Avenue Suite 101 El Centro, CA 92243

Westminster: 8700 Turnpike Drive Westminster, CO 80030

Woodland Hills: 5955 DeSoto Ave Woodland Hills, CA 91367

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

Miami: 11410 NW 20th Street Miami, FL 33172

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

Livermore: 2481 Constitution Drive Livermore, CA 94551

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

Ontario: 3110 E. Guasti Road Ontario, CA 91761

San Diego: 3890 Murphy Canyon Road Suite 100 San Diego, CA 92123

Kapolei: Kapolei Building 1001 Kamokila Blvd Kapolei, HI 96707

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

Fairfield: 5253 Business Center Drive Fairfield, CA 94534

Pasadena: 299 N. Euclid Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101

Gardena: 1515 W. 190th Gardena, CA 90248

Palm Desert: 75153 Merle Dr. Palm Desert, CA 92211

Murrieta: 25240 Hancock Avenue Murrieta, CA 92562

Bakersfield: 4900 California Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93309

Lancaster: 1220 W. Avenue J Lancaster, CA 93534

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

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

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

Oakland: 1200 Clay Street Oakland, CA 94612

San Bernardino: 451 E. Vanderbilt Way Suite 100 San Bernardino, CA 92408

Jacksonville: 4500 Salisbury Road Suite 200 Jacksonville, FL 32216

Spring: 24624 Interstate 45 Spring, TX 77386

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

Dallas: 12400 Coit Road Suite 200 Dallas, TX 75251

Visalia: 301 East Acequia Ave Visalia, CA 93291

Independence: 5005 Rockside Road Suite 130 Independence, OH 44131

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

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

Campus Locations :

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

Mount Laurel: 1000 Howard Boulevard Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

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

Philadelphia: 2180 Hornig Road Philadelphia, PA 19116

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

Shelton: 8 Progress Drive Shelton, CT 06484

Paramus: 160 E. Route 4 Paramus, NJ 07652

Allentown: 5151 Tilghman Street Allentown, PA 18104

Somerville: 5 Middlesex Ave Somerville, MA 02145

Lowell: 211 Plain Street Lowell, MA 01852

Brockton: 375 Westgate Drive Brockton, MA 02301

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 : Practical Nursing, PN RN Associate Degree Bridge Program, Patient Care Technician, and more.

Campus Locations :

Dayton: 555 E. Alex-Bell Road Dayton, OH 45459

Cincinnati: 11499 Chester Road Suite 200 Cincinnati, OH 45246

Ravenna: 653 Enterprise Parkway Ravenna, OH 44266

Westerville: 4151 Executive Parkway, Suite 240 Westerville, OH 43081

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

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

Richmond: 2000 Westmoreland Street, Suite A Richmond, VA 23230

Cuyahoga Falls: 2545 Bailey Road Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

Scranton: 517 Ash Street Scranton, PA 18509

Erie: 5757 West 26th Street Erie, PA 16506

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

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

Hyattsville: 4351 Garden City Drive Hyattsville, MD 20785

Foley: 200 East Laurel Ave Foley, AL 36535

Wayne: 201 Willowbrook Blvd. Wayne, NJ 07470

Indianapolis: 9001 N. Wesleyan Road Suite 101 Indianapolis, IN 46268

Cookeville: 1025 Hwy. 111 Cookeville, TN 38501

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

Birmingham: 100 London Parkway Birmingham, AL 35211

Montgomery: 3736 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, AL 36109

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

Orange Park: 560 Wells Road Orange Park, FL 32073

Smyrna: 21088 Cobb Parkway Smyrna, GA 30080

Kingston: 166 Slocum Street Kingston, PA 18704

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

Mobile: 3590 Pleasant Valley Road Mobile, AL 36609

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

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

Columbia: 246 Stoneridge Drive Suite 101 Columbia, SC 29210

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

Dothan: 200 Vulcan Way Dothan, AL 36303

Towson: 700 York Road Towson, MD 21204

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

Which career path will you take – Business, Nursing, Education, Psychology? Something else? GCU offers more than 100 majors to get you started!

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.

Campus Locations : Online

Are you interested in pursuing a high-tech career? Getting an education from ITT Tech is a great place to start!

Programs : BS - Nursing, AS - Medical Assisting and Administration, and more.

Campus Locations :

Chantilly: 14420 Albemarle Point Place Chantilly, VA 20151

Youngstown: 1030 North Meridian Road Youngstown, OH 44509

Cleveland: 4700 Richmond Rd Cleveland, OH 44128

Lexington: 2473 Fortune Dr. Suite 180 Lexington, KY 40509

Norfolk: 863 Glenrock Road Norfolk, VA 23502

Springfield: 7300 Boston Blvd Springfield, VA 22153

Lake Mary: 1400 International Pkwy South Lake Mary, FL 32746

Dayton: 3325 Stop 8 Road Dayton, OH 45414

Salem: 2159 Apperson Drive Salem, VA 24153

Tampa: 4809 Memorial Highway Tampa, FL 33634

Louisville: 10509 Timberwood Circle Louisville, KY 40223

Canton: 1905 S Haggerty Rd Canton, MI 48188

Hilliard: 3781 Park Mill Run Drive Hilliard, OH 43026

Richardson: 2101 Waterview Parkway Richardson, TX 75080

Oklahoma City: 50 Penn Place Suite 305 Oklahoma City, OK 73118

Tulsa: 4943 South 78th East Avenue Tulsa, OK 74145

Jacksonville: 7011 A.C. Skinner Parkway, Suite 140 Jacksonville, FL 32256

Richmond: 300 Gateway Centre Parkway Richmond, VA 23235

Rancho Cordova: 10863 Gold Center Drive Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Akron: 3428 W. Market Street Akron, OH 44333

Strongsville: 14955 Sprague Road Strongsville, OH 44136

Cincinnati: 4750 Wesley Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45212

Miami: 7955 NW 12th Street Miami, FL 33126

Fort Lauderdale: 3401 South University Drive Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328

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

Programs : MS in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, MS - DNP Path (Doctor of Nursing Practice) , and more.

Campus Locations : Online

Capella provides a flexible online learning environment designed for working adults who want to advance in their profession.

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

Campus Locations : Online

Give your career a boost with Averett University.

Programs : Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and more.

Campus Locations : Online

A degree from CTU can connect you to what matters most: powerful professional network, faculty who are real-world professionals and innovative technology. So once you earn your degree you hit the ground sprinting. Are you in?

Programs : Master of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN completion), and more.

Campus Locations : Online

Make the change to a satisfying professional nursing career with Gwynedd Mercy University.

Programs : Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN), and more.

Campus Locations :

Gwynedd Valley: 1325 Sumneytown Pike, Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437

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