Exploring the Spectrum: An In-Depth Look at the Many Sides of Nursing [INFOGRAPHIC]

May 7, 2014
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Nursing is one of the most diverse and rewarding fields in the healthcare industry. Current projected job growth is strong, with nursing shortages being high. Statistics show that California, Texas and Florida have the highest numbers of vacancies, each with over 100,000.

To become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), individuals need a minimum of a one-year certification course, and licensure. Upon graduation and licensure, LPNs are in demand, with projected a projected job growth of 25% over the next decade.

Nursing is one of the most diverse and rewarding fields in the healthcare industry. Current projected job growth is strong, with nursing shortages being high. Statistics show that California, Texas and Florida have the highest numbers of vacancies, each with over 100,000.

To become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), individuals need a minimum of a one-year certification course, and licensure. Upon graduation and licensure, LPNs are in demand, with projected a projected job growth of 25% over the next decade.

Registered nurses (RN) require more education in the form of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, an ADN or a specialized diploma, along with the passing of the NCLEX-RN examination. The demand for RNs is projected to remain high, with a projected job growth of 19% between now, and 2022.

Nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, and nurse midwives require a minimum of a Master’s degree, or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. Licensure requirements vary by state, and specialty. These specialized positions boast high median salaries, and excellent projected job growth rates from 25% – 34%. 

The healthcare industry continues to grow, as does the need for highly qualified nurses. You can join this burgeoning industry, or update your skills to a specialization by earning an advanced nursing degree through an accredited program.

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The illustration below touches on the career of LPNs, RNs, nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists and nurse midwives. It takes an in-depth look at things like education, licensing, job growth and salary ranges among all the possible nursing paths.

projected nursing shortages

Source: Maryville University Online