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If job security is a priority for you, you’ll be happy to know that nursing is a career with a bright future. The U.S. Department of Labor projects that more than one million new and replacement registered nurses will be needed by 2018. By choosing a career-focused college major like nursing, you’ll be preparing for a future of endless learning and growth potential.

Students interested in becoming nurses can choose from several training programs.

Choosing the Right Program for You

As a high school student considering a nursing career, you have three main options once you graduate. You can earn a practical nursing diploma and become a licensed practical nurse (L.P.N.), also known as a licensed vocational nurse (L.V.N.). Or you can earn either an associate degree or a bachelor’s degree and become a registered nurse (R.N.). Generally, the more education you complete, the more opportunities you’ll have.

Practical Nursing Training

You can earn a diploma in licensed practical nursing in approximately one year. During that time, you’ll balance practical experience in hospitals and other settings with course work in everything from anatomy to nutrition. Once you graduate and pass an exam, you’ll be qualified to provide some care directly to patients. You’ll also assist R.N.s and doctors.

The A.D.N.

If you’re willing to attend college for two to three years, you can earn an associate degree in nursing (A.D.N.). During their added schooling, A.D.N. students pick up related courses, such as microbiology; take more specialized nursing courses, such as geriatric nursing; and spend longer hours in each class.

With an A.D.N. from a two-year college, you’ll be able to provide direct patient care in many settings. Some hospital nursing schools, colleges and universities also offer A.D.N. programs.

The B.S.N.

If you want the most options, including graduate school later on in your career, consider the bachelor of science degree in nursing (B.S./B.S.N.). This four-year program prepares nurses to practice in all healthcare settings.

As a B.S.N. student, you’ll have more time to develop skills in communication, critical thinking and leadership. Of course, you’ll also take more advanced nursing courses, studying such subjects as complex illnesses and perhaps conducting your own scientific research.

Getting There

Prepare now for a future in nursing. Start by reading these major profiles:

You can also learn about the working life of nurses in these career profiles:

 

Learn more:

Heartwarming Stories of Nurses Who Went Beyond Their Call of Duty

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Heartwarming Stories of Nurses Who Went Above and Beyond Their Call of Duty

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Here’s How Much Phlebotomists Make in 2022

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Personal Finance – Here’s How Much Money Phlebotomists Make In Every State In 2022

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Sumner College Blood Drive

Last week Sumner College held a blood drive. Here are some photos from the day.

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Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Sharon

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Sharon is a recent Medical Assisting grad. She shares her story, "Before enrolling in Sumner College’s

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Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Patrick

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Patrick is a recent LPN grad. He shares his  story, "Prior to enrolling at Sumner College,

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ALL IN: Johnson&Johnson WellBeing for Healthcare Campaign

ALL IN: WellBeing First for Healthcare is a call to action by #FirstRespondersFirst and The Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation as a coalition of leading

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Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Lyric

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Lyric is a recent LPN grad. She shares her story, "Prior to attending Sumner College, I

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#Hiring a Clinical Coordinator – Nursing Programs

JOB DESCRIPTION Position: Clinical Coordinator for Nursing Programs Supervisor: College President Job Description of Clinical Coordinator: The Clinical Coordinator is responsible for acquiring and maintaining clinical sites

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Celebrate National Nurses Week 2022: May 6-12

From assisting with life-threatening ER crises to delivering babies and caring for the elderly in their last moments, nurses perform some of the most difficult

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Sunday, May 7th is Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day from Sumner College!

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Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Kaitlyn

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Kaitlyn is a recent LPN grad. She shares her story, "Wanting to expand my skills as

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Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Julie

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Julie is a recent RN grad. She shares her story, "Prior to enrolling in Sumner College’s

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Now Hiring! Nurse Educator Associate Labs & Clinicals

Job Summary: The Nurse Educator Associate will teach, guide students in their labs and clinicals, along with enhancing the design of the curriculum. This person

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Five Careers You Can Start with Short-Term Training

Content Shared from CareerOneStop.org Phlebotomist What Phlebotomists Do: Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, research, or blood donations. Work Environment: Phlebotomists work mainly in hospitals, medical and

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What Are Your Options After High School?

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Sumner College, an ABHES and CCNE Accredited School

Sumner College is proud to be accredited with ABHES and the CCNE. Why is this important to you as a student? Because it gives you

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#Hiring Nursing Program Administrative Position

Sumner College is hiring an Administrative Assistant for the Nursing Program. Submit your qualifications and resume to employment@sumnercollege.edu  Position: Administrative Assistant, Nursing Program Supervisor: Senior

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Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Hannah

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Hannah is a recent LPN grad. She shares her story, "Before I started the Practical Nursing

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Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Derek

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Derek is a recent Medical Assisting grad. He shares his story, "Before enrolling at Sumner College,

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5 Careers You Can Start with Short-Term Training

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Options After High School

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The Pulse | Spring 2022 Newsletter

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Sumner College ABHES and CCNE Accreditations

Sumner College is proud to be accredited with ABHES and the CCNE. Why is this important to you as a student? Because it gives you

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Sumner College | A Niche Partner School

Sumner College is a proud partner with online college search engine, Niche. Visit our Oregon Campus or our Arizona Campus.

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#Hiring Administrative Assistant, Nursing Program

Sumner College is hiring an Administrative Assistant for the Nursing Program. Submit your qualifications and resume to employment@sumnercollege.edu  Position: Administrative Assistant, Nursing Program Supervisor: Senior

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Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Crystal

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Crystal is a recent LPN grad. She shares her story, "Before enrolling in Sumner’s Practical Nursing

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Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Amber

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Amber is a recent LPN grad. She shares her story, "Before enrolling in Sumner College’s Practical

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Best Nursing Podcasts 2022

Nursing is a very stressful profession. Nurses are on their feet all day, taking care of patients and managing a hectic work schedule. No one

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