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C H A P T E R S U M M A RY
In this chapter, you will learn about career opportunities in nursing
and what to expect on the job, as well as essential information about
choosing and getting into the nursing school of your choice. You will
also find out about the types of entrance tests that nursing schools
use to select students.
If you enjoy caring for others and interacting with a wide range of people, and if you cope well when con-
fronted with challenges, nursing is a great career choice. Nursing is also a secure profession with excellent
starting salaries and very good job prospects. Job opportunities in nursing abound— registered nurses fill
more than 2.6 million jobs, making up the largest healthcare occupation in the nation. And the need for nurses
is likely to continue to soar— many of today’s nurses are beginning to retire, leaving thousands of job openings.
The U.S. population as a whole is also aging, and because older people require more nursing care, the demand
for skilled nurses willing to work on the front lines of patient care will also increase. Technological advances in
medical care, which allow more medical conditions to be treated, and an emphasis on preventive care also cre-
ate a greater demand for nurses. As you consider your future in nursing, think about these facts:
More new jobs are likely to be created for registered nurses than for any other occupation.
Employers in some areas of the country report a nursing shortage, spurring efforts to attract and keep
nurses on staff.
Hospital outpatient facilities— like same- day surgery centers or rehabilitation centers— offer the most
rapid growth in nursing jobs.
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–N U R S I N G S C H O O L E N T R A N C E E X A M P L A N N E R –
To become a nurse, you need to pursue one of
often work in a specific department of a hospital,
three educational routes— a bachelor’s degree, an asso-
such as pediatrics, emergency care, or oncology.
ciate’s degree, or a hospital diploma. You may also con-
Office nurses work in doctor’s offices, clinics, out-
sider becoming a licensed practical nurse (LPN),
patient surgical centers, and emergency medicine
which requires only one year of training in a vocational
clinics. Their job tasks include assisting with
or technical school and can be a stepping stone to
exams, giving medications, dressing wounds, and
becoming a registered nurse. Most nursing programs
assisting in minor surgeries. They may also do
require that you take an entrance test, and that’s where
office work and maintain patient records.
this book comes in. Nursing School Entrance Exam was
Nursing facility nurses provide care for residents
designed from real tests, including the admissions test
in nursing homes or long- term rehabilitation
you will face to get into the program of your choice. By
centers. They monitor residents’ progress, develop
tailoring your study plan and using the information in
treatment plans, and oversee nursing aides and
this book, you can achieve your best score and begin
licensed practical nurses.
the path of your desired career— training to become a
Home health nurses work in the patients’ own
homes. They give medications, check the patient’s
condition and environment, and instruct patients
and caregivers about care and treatment. They
may supervise home health aides.
Public health nurses work on the community level
in schools, government agencies, retirement com-
Registered nurses (RNs) provide direct patient care
munities, or other settings. They educate the pub-
and serve as health educators in the effort to promote
lic about health promotion and disease
wellness and prevent disease. In giving care, they
prevention strategies in areas like nutrition,
monitor and record a patient’s symptoms and
smoking cessation, or childcare.
progress, give medications, assist in rehabilitation,
Occupational health nurses provide care to
and teach patients and families about proper care
employees at work locations, giving emergency
practices. They assist physicians in everything from
treatments, providing health counseling, or iden-
routine exams and treatments to surgery. There are
tifying potential health problems in the work
limits to what a nurse does— state regulations deter-
mine the scope of tasks a nurse can perform. But the
factor that most influences a nurse’s daily workload is
Most RNs earn between $47,000 and $68,000
the type of healthcare facility in which he or she
annually, with the highest paid receiving more than
works. Nurses work in a range of settings: hospitals,
$80,000 annually. Nurses who earned the highest aver-
doctor’s offices, outpatient surgical centers, nursing
age salaries worked in employment services, followed
homes, schools, or work sites. Home health nurses
by hospitals, home healthcare services, physicians’
even work in patients’ homes. The following is an
offices, and nursing care facilities.
overview of what you can expect on the job, depend-
Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) care for patients
ing on your work setting.
under the supervision of a physician or registered
nurse. They provide routine bedside care, such as tak-
Hospital nurses make up the largest group of
ing vital signs, preparing injections, applying
nurses. They provide bedside care for hospitalized
dressings, or collecting testing samples. They also aid
patients, observe and record symptoms, and
patients with feeding, dressing, and bathing. In nursing
administer treatments and medications. They
facilities, LPNs may evaluate the needs of residents and