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A nurse is a health care professional who works with a doctor to ensure a patient's health and well-being. They commonly work in hospitals and outpatient facilities as well as physician offices. There are many opportunities for advancement, such as working in administration, research, consulting, teaching or working with patients as a nurse practitioner.
Depending on their specialization and years of experience, a nurse may:
A Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) is normally a four-year college or university program. If you're already a registered nurse (RN) or have a nursing diploma, an RN-to-BSN program will take about two to three years.
The field of nursing is extremely varied depending on education level and certification. For example, a registered nurse will most likely work many more hours per week and longer shifts than a school nurse or family practice nurse. Hospital nurses most commonly work 12-hour shifts 3 days per week. Other shift lengths include 8 and 10-hour long shifts 4-5 days per week.
There are several different types of nursing careers you can choose. Certified nursing assistants take care of people who are unable to care for themselves due to injury or illness. Licensed practical nurses are personally responsible for patient care. Registered nurses work under the supervision of physicians, with direct responsibility for patients' health.