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...

Educators must promote STEM Careers: Nursing is a STEM Career.

        Educators must promote STEM Careers: Nursing is a STEM Career. There is a shortage of almost 1 million Nurses by 2025. We need more nurses and health career professionals!!! Nursing has four primary components of STEM: science, technology, engineering and math. Is a career in Nursing considered STEM? The program includes a number of science courses–primarily in the “hard” sciences, such as anatomy and physiology, chemistry and microbiology–as prerequisites to entry into the program in addition to courses within the program that focus on both the acquisition and application of science-related content. In addition, other prerequisites included are technology and math courses. Educational innovations in STEM are needed throughout the different stages of education, to equip students with the information, skills and knowledge required to promote their choice of STEM studies. The President recognizes the importance of exposing all of our learners to STEM experiences. In his State of the Union address earlier this year, the President challenged all of us to provide every student with authentic STEM experiences to learn subjects like science, math, and computer science. (White House Blog, 2012) Specifically, educational innovations that directly affect the following priority areas of action are necessary: Educational factor: Improving the acquisition of STEM skills: knowledge, abilities and attitudes. Psychological factor: Promoting the active involvement of students in recognizing their skills and interests and matching them with those required in STEM. Also, participation of teachers and families in this process, oriented to positive reinforcement (assessment and communication) of the scientific and technical capabilities of adolescents. Informative factor: Academic and professional advice with the aim of publicizing job opportunities in the...

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