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Program Overview

  • The U.S. Nursing Training Program is very popular. The salary of nurses starts from $ 4-5 thousand per month and increases if the specialist improves his qualifications.

  • Nurses play a tremendous role in providing physical and emotional support to patients in different areas of the healthcare field (hospitals, retirement homes, military units, schools, etc.).

  • There are several paths leading to this fastest growing profession in the U.S. Today I would like to discuss different nursing programs as well as degrees that are available in this field of study.


Registered nurses (RNs)


  • RNs coordinate patient care and treatment, supervise the work of LVNs and LPNs, educate families on how patient care and fulfill many other responsibilities. There are several educational routes leading to that profession. Let us look at degrees available to interested students.


  • The minimum degree required is an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) offered by community colleges. The length of the ADN program is two years and a course work include spending some time in clinics, nursing license preparation and usually covers a variety of topics, including physiology, biology, nutrition, anatomy, etc.

  • The largest group in the profession, in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), consisted of about 3 million people, was registered nurse (RNs). It is they in the United States who embody the specialty "nurse." RNs, controlling assistants and nurses, perform an impressive range of functions: assess the condition and symptoms, keep a patient’s medical history, provide him with medicines, collaborate with other medical specialists and consult doctors to create an individual treatment plan. Finally, it is the RNs that provide emotional, psychological and spiritual support to the patient, his family and friends - in fact, they act as a kind of mediator between the patient and the clinic.

  • Certified nurse (a Registered Nurse, the RN ) - it is a professional nurse. Education: college diploma, bachelor's or master's degree in nursing (initially). After exams, state commissions receive the title of "Certified Nurse." They also must pass a national qualification examination for registered nurses (National Council Licensure Examination-a Registered Nurse, the NCLEX - the RN) for the practice rights (license).

  • Functions: monitoring the performance of tasks assigned to licensed nurse practitioners (LPN), orderlies and nurses. They have many hours of clinical experience before graduation. The specialty "registered nurse" is the largest segment of the employment market – more than 2.7 million people. Patient care is the primary responsibility of all nurses, but registered nurses also work in other areas: they help establish methods of nursing, develop protocols to ensure the quality of medical services, and conduct clinical trials.

How to become Registered nurses (RNs)


  • There are several ways to get into RNs. The required minimum is a qualifying degree in nursing (Associate Degree in Nursing, ADN), awarded after two years of study in medical college. The second option, involving greater immersion in the profession, is four years of study and a bachelor's degree. Finally, through three-year college-sponsored training programs organized by hospitals.

  • It is worth noting that a bachelor is not the highest level of nursing education. If you wish, you can obtain a master's degree and become an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in one of four profiles: a clinical nurse with a specific specialty (for example, psychiatry, geriatrics, emergency care), a midwife nurse, anesthetist nurse or a nurse practitioner ( Nurse Practitioner, NP). I would like to compare NP with our paramedics, but alas, the analogy will turn out lame and will obviously not be in favor of the most qualified specialists in the Russian sister corps.

  • Americans have hopes for NP, since they believe that they are able to replace general practitioners, the deficit of which, according to various estimates, will reach 35 thousand specialists by 2025. Today, almost half of the states give NP the right to open their offices and practice autonomously, without the supervision of a doctor, including prescribing medications. NP in the States, according to BLS, is slightly more than 200 thousand - significantly less than nurses of other specializations, despite the fact that the NP case, according to the profile association, has almost tripled in the last 20 years - in 1998 there were only 68 thousand of them. The more rapid increase in the number of the most qualified nursing groups is hindered by the unfair, according to the NPs themselves, assessment of labor - their competencies are close to the basic medical ones, and the salary is much lower.

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