Registered nurses (RN's) work to promote health, prevent disease, and help patients cope with illness. They are advocates and health educators for patients, families, and communities. When providing direct patient care, they observe, assess, record symptoms, reactions, and progress; assists physicians during treatments and examinations; administer medications; and assist in convalescence and rehabilitation. They also develop and manage care plans; instruct patients and their families in proper care; and help individuals and groups take steps to improve or maintain their health.
Registered nurses work in a variety of settings. Most are employed in acute care hospitals or medical centers, however, many opportunities exist outside this traditional work site. Private physician practices, clinics, surgery centers, health maintenance organizations, home health care agencies and nursing homes are just a few of the many diverse locations. Nurses spend considerable time walking and standing. Due to settings providing 24-hour care, nurses in these institutions commonly work nights, weekends, holidays and/or on-call hours.
Nursing education includes instruction in the campus and/or the online classroom and supervised clinical experience in hospitals and other health care facilities. Students generally take courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, psychology and nursing. Course work also includes liberal arts classes. In 2016, 52.4% of all first-time US educated graduates taking the national licensure exam for the RN were from Associate degree programs. Diploma and baccalaureate educated graduates made up the remainder of those who took the licensure exam. www.ncsbn.org
How do I know if nursing is for me?
It is important for applicants to explore the field of healthcare and nursing in particular. Nursing is a profession that offers unique opportunities and challenges. Exposure to the healthcare environment and the role of the nurse in particular can help an applicant decide. Exploration steps can include:
- Speaking with nurses and health care providers in a variety of specialty areas and workplace settings.
- “Shadowing” a nurse at their place of employment (check with facility management regarding requirements).
- Exploring internet resources such as www.discovernursing.com.
- Completing a training course in a healthcare field such as Certified Nurse’s Assistant (CNA), Home Health Aide, Medication Aide, or Phlebotomist.
- Working in a health care facility where you can be exposed to the role of the nurse. There are many entry-level job opportunities which do not require previous experience or certifications.
- Completing the HSNS 1011 Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice Concepts course.
Why should I choose the RSC Nursing Science Program?
The Nursing Science Program at Rose State College has an excellent reputation in the health care community and attracts applicants from around the state. Strengths and advantages of the program include:
- Knowledgeable/experienced faculty
- Small classes with low student-to-faculty ratios
- Diverse student body
- Strong clinical focus
- 4-day week
- Student friendly
- Nationally accredited and State Board approved
- High pass rates on the national licensure exam (NCLEX-RN)
- High employment rates
The Nursing Science Program at Rose State College is a dynamic and innovative program of nursing education. The faculty is dedicated to ensuring a high-quality of education for the students. To this end, they are constantly implementing new services, teaching techniques, and curriculum. Offerings include:
- Traditional day classes,
- Evening/weekend classes,
- Online classes,
- Advanced placement in Career Ladder Track for LPNs, Paramedics, and some Military Medics.
Did you know?
According to The Harris Poll (2016), nursing ranks among the top 10 of the nation’s most prestigious professions in America and according to The Gallop Poll http://www.gallup.com/poll/1654/honesty-ethics-professions.aspx nurses have been voted as the most honest and ethical profession for 20 of the last 21 years.
Job Market & Salary
Registered Nursing is the largest health care occupation. Employment trends indicate Registered Nursing to be one of the fastest growing occupations for the next ten years. As health care becomes more diversified, new roles for the registered nurse will be created bringing broader employment opportunities. Starting salaries in Oklahoma currently range from $36,670 - $57,595 annually (OHA, Wage & Salary Survey, January, 2008).