Nursing Schools - Career Options
Nursing Schools: There are many types of schools and colleges that offer different types of Nursing programs. When choosing a nursing school you should take the following points into consideration:
Accreditation: Before applying to a nursing school, you should first inquire about the schools accreditation. The two national nursing accreditation organizations of Registered Nursing (RN) Programs are the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). If the school is not accredited by one of either organization, your qualification may not be accepted by prospective employers, graduate schools or nursing organizations.
There are also many additional accrediting bodies for advanced practice certifications in nursing specializations. A Nursing School with good accreditation is proof that the programs run by this school have met the tough standards as set out by the accreditation bodies. Qualifications from such schools will be accepted nationwide and you have the assurance that the methods and techniques you will learn in these schools are of excellent educational quality.
Where is the Nursing School Located: It is important to think about whether you can travel to the school each day or will you have to relocate. If studying part time and working at the same time it is essential to have the school located conveniently.
Cost: The cost of Nursing programs varies greatly between public an private schools. The cost will also determine if you can afford to go into full time education, or if you still need to keep your income by working part-time. You may find out that scholarships are available.
Class size: Will you get the individual attention you need when learning practical skills and will you have the resources/facilities of a large college for researching and laboratory work.
Specialties: Is the school geared towards the specialization of your choice, and is there a successful track record in placing students in employment. You may be able to meet with past or existing students to find out.
Clinical Placements: For the practical modules of your program do you get enough instruction and are they of a good standard. Also are the placements based in a hospital that you can easily reach.
Examination Pass Rates: You can ask the school for this information. This is a good indication of how successful the school is at preparing students for the national exams.
Find a Nursing School near you: Use the Further Your Career zip code search box, to find schools and colleges in your area that offer nursing programs.
Below is a list of some of the various types of medical nurses / assistant nurses: