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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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Independence: 5005 Rockside Road Suite 130 Independence, OH 44131

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Murrieta: 25240 Hancock Avenue Murrieta, CA 92562

Woodland Hills: 5955 DeSoto Ave Woodland Hills, CA 91367

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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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North Hollywood: 12412 Victory Blvd North Hollywood, CA 91606

Garden Grove: 12951 Euclid Street Ste. 101 Garden Grove, CA 92840

Portland: 1425 NE Irving Street Portland, OR 97232

San Diego: 4393 Imperial Ave. Ste. 100 San Diego, CA 92113

San Antonio: 4803 NW Loop 410 Suite 200 San Antonio, TX 78229

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Cuyahoga Falls: 2545 Bailey Road Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

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

Cincinnati: 11499 Chester Road Suite 200 Cincinnati, OH 45246

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

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

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

Largo: 6565 Ulmerton Road Largo, FL 33771

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

Scranton: 517 Ash Street Scranton, PA 18509

Ravenna: 653 Enterprise Parkway Ravenna, OH 44266

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

Erie: 5757 West 26th Street Erie, PA 16506

Towson: 700 York Road Towson, MD 21204

Wayne: 201 Willowbrook Blvd. Wayne, NJ 07470

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

Cookeville: 1025 Hwy. 111 Cookeville, TN 38501

West Palm Beach: West Palm Beach West Palm Beach, FL 33405

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

Columbia: 246 Stoneridge Drive Suite 101 Columbia, SC 29210

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

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

Mobile: 3590 Pleasant Valley Road Mobile, AL 36609

Smyrna: 21088 Cobb Parkway Smyrna, GA 30080

Dothan: 200 Vulcan Way Dothan, AL 36303

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Foley: 200 East Laurel Ave Foley, AL 36535

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

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Youngstown: 1030 North Meridian Road Youngstown, OH 44509

Madison: 9238 Madison Blvd., Suite 500 Madison, AL 35758

Norfolk: 863 Glenrock Road Norfolk, VA 23502

Fort Wayne: 2810 Dupont Commerce Court Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Strongsville: 14955 Sprague Road Strongsville, OH 44136

Canton: 1905 S Haggerty Rd Canton, MI 48188

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

Nashville: 2845 Elm Hill Pike Nashville, TN 37214

Bessemer: 6270 Park South Drive Bessemer, AL 35022

Albuquerque: 5100 Masthead Street NE Albuquerque, NM 87109

Salem: 2159 Apperson Drive Salem, VA 24153

Springfield: 7300 Boston Blvd Springfield, VA 22153

Richmond: 300 Gateway Centre Parkway Richmond, VA 23235

Tampa: 4809 Memorial Highway Tampa, FL 33634

Warrensville Heights: 4700 Richmond Rd Warrensville Heights, OH 44128

Chantilly: 14420 Albemarle Point Place Chantilly, VA 20151

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