Career Fields for the Registered Nurse

May 5th, 2011 by RNBP Admin

lpn-to-rn-nurseIf you are thinking of making the transition from LPN to RN you will find this article informative and motivating. Registered nurses make up 60% of the medical field because they work in every area of medicine.

The most familiar role of the registered nurse is the nurse who works in a hospital, a clinic or a doctor’s office. The basic duties of a registered nurse are:

  • Treat patients according to instructions by a physician
  • Educate patients, their caregivers and the public about illnesses and conditions
  • Provide emotional support to families
  • Keep records of medical histories
  • Perform diagnostic tests
  • Administer medications
  • Write up management plans for home use
  • Instruct patients in diet, nutrition and exercise
  • And many other duties

However, there are many more career paths a registered nursing degree can take you. A few of those career paths are:

  • The perioperative nurse works in the operating room assisting surgeons.
  • Perianesthesia nurses take care of patients before and after surgery or other procedures
  • Transport nurses are emergency nurses who monitor patients while they are being transported by helicopter or plane to a hospital.
  • Nephrology nurses specialize in working with patients with kidney disease.
  • Some nurses combine two specialties such as pediatric oncology nurses who work with children who have cancer.

These are just five of the 62 different areas of nursing that are available to a registered nurse. Some nursing positions are more stressful than others. For instance, nursing positions in hospitals, especially in the emergency room, tend to be more stressful than positions in private practice.  Some of the specialties also require certification by a certifying board but the first step to take is to get an ASN degree in nursing from an accredited college institution.

Nurses’ salaries depend on the specialty and what city the position is located. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook registered nurses can look forward to making from $43,410 to $92,240 per year. Job growth is 22% between 2008 and 2018 which is much faster than average for all occupations. You could not go wrong investing a few years in becoming a registered nurse.

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Effects of Healthcare Reform on Nursing

March 6th, 2011 by RNBP Admin

rnbp-healthOne of the most crucial provisions in the healthcare reform act that is important to the careers of nurses is Obama’s promise to increase funding for the education of nurses. Nursing organizations have been carefully monitoring the status of healthcare reform to gauge its impact on the shortage of nurses in the healthcare industry. Many people who oppose healthcare reform believe that the cost to instrument the plan is exceedingly expensive. In general, nurses believe people can have access to quality medical care without any increase in the cost. Some nurses believe that healthcare reform is really more about reforming health insurance. Nurses would prefer that the passing of the healthcare reform act will cause more money to go towards funding patient care, as oppose to lining the pockets of insurance companies.

Healthcare reform cannot solve the critical shortage of nurse alone. It will take additional help from the state and federal government, and donations from private investors to provide money for nurses to attend school. The American Nurses Association supports healthcare reform legislation, because it will provide increase funding for the education of nurses. The Public Health Service Act has initiated programs which are the primary source of federal funds stipulated for research and the education of nurses. These provisions were put into place to make sure there will not be a shortage of nurse in the future.

Nursing organizations across the Unites States appreciate the fact that healthcare reform has made registered nurses and nurse practitioners an integral part of the healthcare team by given them more leadership responsibilities. Some doctors fear that with registered nurses and nurses practitioners assuming more responsibility, the quality of patient care will deteriorate, and their salaries will decrease. Under the healthcare reform act, federal funding will be provided to Nurse-Managed Clinics, so that nurse practitioners can provide primary and preventive health care in areas that has a shortage of doctors.

Despite strong opposition to the healthcare reform act, many nurses believe that health care reform is needed to improve the overall quality and cost of patient care. Nursing organizations has work closely with the Obama administration to make changes to the healthcare reform bill that will have a positive impact on nurses and patient care in the medical field. Healthcare reform legislation mandates that all Americans must have healthcare insurance. This law will make it necessary to employ more nurses in the future. Nurses will play a vital role in implementing the provisions of healthcare reform, and they will continue to advocate for changes in the healthcare reform laws when needed.

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Nursing in the Top 50 Careers of 2011

February 2nd, 2011 by RNBP Admin

rnbp-nurseAlthough the current recession has resulted in tremendous downsizing and job losses across the country, at least one career path has flourished. Registered nursing continued to add jobs and saw salary increases at the same time many other industries or contracting. There are currently more than 2 1/2 million active registered nurses now working in the United States.

Registered nursing has once again emerged as one of the top 50 careers for 2011. By its nature, nursing can encompass a wide variety of roles within the health care industry. And as our society continues to age, the need for health care providers continues to grow. That has driven the need for more nurses particularly as the last influx of highly trained nurses has begun to hit retirement age and is now leaving the workforce.

The role of registered nurses can range from working in delivery rooms to hospice care at the end of life. And as more medical facilities are trying to see more and more patients, the need for highly trained reliable registered nurses is also on the rise.

According to workplace experts, growth opportunities for nursing will rise faster than average compared to other occupations. The US Department of Labor predicts the country is expected to add just under 600,000 new registered nurses job by the year 2018. Most of that hiring will take place to fill positions in private physicians offices.

Nursing salaries have continued to increase as well. In the middle of the great recession the median salary for a typical nurse was around $64,000. The highest earners in nursing were making nearly $100,000 in 2009.

The nursing field has also remained attractive because of its chances for advancement. As incentives to attract top nursing candidates, many medical facilities are offering fast track career paths. In addition to signing bonuses, these facilities may pay for education which can lead to faster career advancement and higher pay. That has allowed many nurses to obtain masters degrees which can allow them to enter into more advanced practices such as becoming a nurse practitioner.

In order to obtain an entry-level job in nursing, employees must first have a bachelor of science or Associates degree in nursing. Associates degrees can be completed in two years which can get a nurse on the job more quickly. However those who have already obtained a four year bachelor of science degree can start at a higher pay level. For that reason many employees with an associate degree try to quickly obtain a bachelor’s degree soon after being hired.

As the economy shrunk the past three years the need for highly-skilled health care workers did not. That especially has created a need for more people to fill nursing positions. With a predicted 22% growth rate in hiring, the future for careers in nursing remains bright even if the economy remains bleak.

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Men in Nursing

February 2nd, 2011 by RNBP Admin

The nursing profession has been considered to be a traditionally female dominated field.  However, while it is true that males currently only make up about 5% - 8% of the nursing workforce, this number reflects a 71% increase over the last 20 years. There are several factors which suggest that this pattern will continue.

A 2006 survey of male nurses conducted by American Mobile Healthcare found that among respondents, 85% were “mostly” or “very” happy with their jobs, 82% would recommend nursing to other males, and over 91% responded that they planned to remain a nurse throughout the next five years. The survey also found that most men find nursing to be a desirable occupation for the same reasons that most people find other jobs to be desirable: it offers good job security (the unemployment rate for registered nurses is less than 2%), nurses are needed everywhere, it offers good pay, and helping people makes a rewarding career.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated a mean annual income of $66,530 for registered nurses in 2009, which is over $15,000 above the mean U.S. household income. The average salary for nurses is expected to rise dramatically in the coming years as the demand for registered nurses continues to increase as well. Males will make up a larger portion of this growing workforce, as some studies found that over 13% of students enrolled in nursing programs in 2000 were men.

The arbitrary stereotype that nursing is only for women is quickly being undone. As more men realize that nursing is a very respectable profession and that there is no essential reason for it to be seen as an exclusively feminine role, the numbers of male nurses will continue to grow. It can be expected to follow the pattern that is emerging around most roles that have typically been assigned to one or the other gender for arbitrary or historical reasons.

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New RNBP Progress Reward Program!

February 2nd, 2011 by RNBP Admin

RNBP Reward ProgramWe are so blown away with the progress our members are making (and how quickly they are making it) so we decided to start rewarding all the hard work by giving our members $20 off a month of their membership for every passing exam they fax to us!

So not only is www.RNBridgeprogram.com already up to 67% cheaper than any other way to prepare for your nursing exams but it just got even more affordable!

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“Just passed Health Differences with  ”A”. RNBP really help me get it done.. I watched all the videos and did the practice test over and over till I got it down.  The practice test questions are written in the same style and format as the real test questions which really helped. There are a lot of study options out there. You have to choose smart.  As far as I am concerned RNBP is a great Bang for you Buck…. Thank you RNBP. My Grade of  ”A” says is all….”- Robert Omstad MICP,CPHT

Are you ready to get your RN degree in as little as 7 months by studying just 5 hours of video per week?  Make 2011 the year that you finally do it.

If you are already a member and want to start taking advantage of the RNBP Progress Reward Program fax your passing exam grade (passed on February 1, 2011 or later) to 1877-322-2911 and receive $20 off of your membership fee for the following month.  If you pass multiple exams in one month, which frequently happens, you will receive a $20 credit for the following months equal to the number of exams you passed using RNBP.

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Registered Nurses Portrayed on T.V.

November 21st, 2010 by RNBP Admin

registered-nurse-portrayals3Prime-time television shows seldom present occupations accurately and the nursing profession is no exception. Shows like “Nurse Jackie” and “Grey’s Anatomy” create popular portrayals of nurses as dramatic, emotional, and somehow seemingly being able to avoid the many hours of paperwork and charting that real-life Registered Nurses do on a daily basis.

Nurses outside of the cameras have very different jobs than they do on screen. Perhaps the most inaccurate portrayal of nursing on even well-meaning shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Angels in America” leave out the foundation of communication between nursing and the other medial specialties. Charting, whether by handwritten records or the newer computerized charting systems, puts onto paper all pertinent information concerning a patient. Every treatment, examination, dispersal of medicine, contact, bath, and instruction is recorded in the records. This written communication assists other health care professionals as they diagnose and treat patients. Television nurses may dramatically interact with medical personnel and patients on an ongoing basis but never lift a pen. Nothing could be more inaccurate a portrayal of a day in the life of a Registered Nurse.

A second inaccuracy that television shows present on a regular basis is that nurses are able to concentrate almost exclusively on one, two, or a small number of patients. Reality is significantly different. The average nurse is actively responsible for as many as 30 to 40 patients. Hospitals try to keep these numbers down to manageable levels but the cost of patient care often dictates a less advantageous nurse-to-patient ratio. In specialized care hospital units it’s possible to have nurses caring for just a handful of people but these are critically ill or injured patients and not in the general hospital population.

Time management difficulties are part of the daily routine. There’s seldom time to “get it all done” in real life. TV nursing personalities have time to relate freely to anyone they want without their duties getting in the way.
There are similarities between real-life Registered Nurses and the television show version of health care providers.

Nurses in both situations are generally caring and passionate about their jobs. They’re in nursing because they’re caring people. They want to facilitate healing and work in rewarding and people-oriented careers that help others. Nurses do cry sometimes. A jaded attitude tends to develop over tender hearts but is usually only onion-skin thin. Health care providers become attached to patients with whom they have a natural affinity or who they get to know over a period of time. Do nurses love their jobs? The answer is yes.

Actresses, actors, and nurses share a flair for the dramatic in some situations. TV over-presents this distinctly human trait and highlights conflict, passion, and romance. Nurses experience the highs and lows of life and it does spill over into work at times. There are both inaccurate representations of nursing and fairly accurate portrayals of this helping profession on the popular TV shows. Just ask a real Registered Nurse.

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Becoming a Successful RN Entrepreneur

November 1st, 2010 by RNBP Admin

Many nurses have forn-businessund themselves in the position where they are ready to make the transition from working for hospitals and clinics to becoming a successful and in-demand registered nurse entrepreneur. LPN’s and RN’s both have found that hospital jobs have hectic and demanding scheduling, strict policies and procedures to follow, therefore increasing stress and taking away from a quality family life. Often mandatory overtime and rigid guidelines of being employed by a hospital, nursing home, or clinic have left many nurses feeling underappreciated, overworked, and drained.

Self-employment as a registered nurse allows nurses to have the freedom and opportunity to explore the diverse and challenging avenues of entrepreneurship. With an RN degree in hand, the doors of career options unfold, offering more choices in travel, companies to work for, creativity options, and setting their own schedules. For those considering using their current college credits to pursue a further education in nursing, many LPN to RN bridge programs are available. These programs will not only take an LPN out of a lower pay scale but will also open key career paths to becoming self-employed once completed. Advancing education in nursing to obtain a successful career as an RN entrepreneur has transformed many nurses from being unhappy and burdened in the medical field to feeling excited about going to work daily.

Professional entrepreneur opportunities existing for RNs include private medical consultants to businesses and healthcare industries, traveling RN, private healthcare RN for families and corporations, school screenings, and more. Nurses who have advanced through using LPN to RN bridge programs have enjoyed the array of choices made available by determining which medical entrepreneur path works best for them. Often averaging at $125.00 an hour, these professionals have enjoyed a greater scale of pay as well as the flexibility to setting their own schedules. RNs can freelance their services as needed and maintain quality time at home with family activities.

An unending sea of occupational selection awaits the entrepreneur RN or those furthering their medical education. Healthcare, one of the most in-demand careers, has a wide array of self-employment possibilities and many people are choosing to become their own boss and leave the demanding hassle of working for a hospital or clinic. Whether an RN wishes to teach, hold seminars, become a private consultant, or meet the medical needs of corporations, these nurses are finding the advantages of being their own boss much outweighs clocking in everyday. Small overhead allows RNs to start up business with ease and a minimum of equipment. Working from home with their current computers and printers provides an efficient and affordable way for entrepreneurs just starting out to quickly become self-employed. This transition has changed the attitude and outlook of their medical careers for thousands of RNs who found themselves unhappy trapped in a cycle of twelve hour shifts and harsh guidelines. With an RN degree and a home computer and telephone, an exciting new career of self-employment is just a step away.

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25 Facts About Distance Learning

September 7th, 2010 by RNBP Admin

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  1. Distance education first began in 1852 with the Pitman Shorthand Training Program. Women learned shorthand at home and corresponded with instructors through the United States Post Office.
  2. By the late 1800’s, International Correspondence Schools trained secretaries, miners, iron, and railroad workers through postal correspondence.
  3. In 1934, the colleges and universities began broadcasting courses by television, creating the Public Broadcast System (PBS).
  4. With the invention of the World Wide Web in 1991, colleges and universities began offering courses over the internet.
  5. By 1993, the first completely online university received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.
  6. The U.S. Department of Education created the Distance Learning Education Demonstration in 1999, which developed statutory and regulatory requirements to monitor fraud and abuse, and provide federal financial aid to online learners.
  7. By 2006, over 96% of all United States colleges and universities were offering online courses and/or entire degree programs, which had 3.2 million enrolled students.
  8. In 2008, there were 4.6 million students enrolled in online classes.
  9. Today, online learners may attend class virtually through web-cams and video streaming or view recorded lectures on their ipod, cell phone, or computer.
  10. The majority of online college and university instructors hold a doctoral level degree, while the majority “traditional” college and university instructors have a master’s level degree.
  11. More than half of all college and university faculty have recommended online courses to students.
  12. Colleges and universities say that improved student access is the number one reason they offer online courses and degree programs.
  13. The number of blended courses is decreasing, while the number of 100% online courses is increasing.
  14. Nearly two thirds of all public schools, grades Kindergarten through twelve, are now offering online classes to students.
  15. The majority of online students are females, who have children and work full-time. Their average age is 38-39 years old.
  16. Online college enrollment is increasing, while “traditional” student enrollment is decreasing. By 2018, the majority of graduating college students will have earned their degree through distance education.
  17. The majority of people in academic leadership positions report that online learning outcomes are equal or superior to “traditional” learning outcomes.
  18. Distance education is more cost effective due to its ability to accommodate a large number of students without the added expense of physical space.
  19. Online learning promotes a green environment due to the decrease in paper material needs and commuting costs.
  20. Many large businesses and hospitals are creating online “Corporate Universities” as a way to train and continually educate their employees.
  21. Distance education provides instant access to all course materials and proves accommodating for people with disabilities.
  22. Online degree programs have been well respected throughout European countries for years, with the majority of people graduating from a distance education institution.
  23. Distance education promotes skills in technology, autonomy, and self-discipline.
  24. Online courses promote student participation with weekly discussion boards, instant messaging, and social networking.
  25. Students report increased personal interactions with online college and university instructors through e-mail and phone conversations.

*Statistical information is from the Sloan Consortium.

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NURX/NC 105 Video Freebie!

September 3rd, 2010 by Admin

105-2 Respiratory Oxygenation - This video focuses on Oxygenation, complications affecting the intake and transport as well as alterations in the cellular demands such as apnea, dyspnea, hypoxia, fatigue, factors that influence them, signs and symptoms , nursing priorities and interventions



NC 105-2 Video Recap

  • Expiratory/Inspiratory reserve volume
  • Definition and understanding of Tidal volume
  • Definition and understanding of Total lung capacity
  • Normal respiration data for adults, children, and infants
  • Definitions of apnea, bradypnea, tachypnea, and dyspnea
  • Nursing assessments and interventions
  • Proper positioning for optimal respiration
  • Components of blood and effects of blood on oxygenation
  • Oxygen safety and administration of O2
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Study Less. Learn More.

August 31st, 2010 by RNBP Admin

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