Types of Nursing Degrees

        Recently, I graduated from Nursing School with my 4th degree in Nursing. I was shocked to know people still do not understand nursing education. People would ask me, “Are you finally an RN.” What? I just completed a DNP in Nursing. I have been a nurse educator for the last ten years. People also ask, “Why do you need a doctoral degree to teach nursing?” There is a need to educate the general public on nursing degrees and programs. I have been a nurse for over 22 years. Many people start their nursing career providing basic nursing care. You can start you nursing career with a certificate in nursing. There are a few nursing training programs available to complete. Nursing Training Certificate Programs (CNA) (LPN’s take NCLEX-PN) CNA – Certified Nursing Assistant – takes six weeks-6 months and developed by a technical school. Passing the state exam is required to be certified. LVN/LPN – Licensed Vocational Nurse/Licensed Practical Nurse – takes 1-2 years and developed by a technical school. Passing the NCLEX is a requirement to practice. In 1990 after returning home from Desert Storm, I decided to pursue nursing instead of medicine. I started out as a home health aide and a sitter. I did not take a course to do either. I wish I had completed a CNA program. I always knew I would pursue an education in nursing. Many people may be ready to pursue a degree to become a registered nurse. Entry into Nursing Degree Programs (upon completion can take the NCLEX-RN) Diploma in Nursing – takes three years and the...

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