An associate degree in Nursing (ADN) has been and continues to be the chosen credential for entry into nursing. Like the Bachelor’s in Nursing (BSN), the ADN is an acceptable educational pathway to take the NCLEX-RN examination and obtain a license to practice and work successfully in Texas. If you’re eager to get started and don’t have the time, money, or inclination to pursue the BSN degree, the associate degree is an ideal first step.
Formal education is a must if you intend to pursue a career as a registered nurse. The Associate Degree in Nursing is a minimum credential you can earn to apply to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses from the Texas Board of Nursing. A comprehensive nursing program will equip students with skills, knowledge, and confidence to provide safe and competent care to a diverse clientele in a variety of health care settings.
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Healthcare employers are in desperate need of professional registered nurses. The aging Baby Boomer population is increasing the demand for health care services in hospitals, long-term care facilities, outpatient centers, and other health care facilities. Apart from rising health care needs, a significant portion of the health care workforce is approaching retirement, creating further employment opportunities for registered nurses. This demand for nurses is expected to escalate in the next decade. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth … Read the rest
If you feel that nursing is your calling, the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Program will provide a fast-track to licensure from the Texas Board of Nursing. The AND curriculum includes knowledge and practical training to prepare students for the National Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Registered Nurses hold a vital role in the healthcare team, promoting health, inspiring faith and confidence in the health care system, preventing diseases, and comforting patients and their families when they’re more … Read the rest
Nurses work collaboratively with other health professionals to deliver efficient and safe care in almost every sector of the medical industry. They form the core of the healthcare system, providing extraordinary care in times of calm or crisis. They are the heroes on the frontline of care, doing a life-saving work and providing invaluable support to ensure patient comfort and recovery.
Although thousands of nurses have been added to the workforce in response to the repeated calls for more nurses, … Read the rest
Nurses are at the heart of healthcare. They are compassionate, diligent, excellent communicators, and committed to the well-being of their patients. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree helps students obtain the preparation needed to commence a rewarding career in nursing. The curriculum includes didactic and practical instruction so students are equipped with the knowledge to sit for the NCLEX-RN Exam. There the several paths that grant eligibility to take the licensure exam – the diploma in nursing, an associate … Read the rest
While there are several paths to prepare for registered nurse licensure – a diploma, associate degree, or baccalaureate degree – BSN-prepared nurses have the best employment opportunities. Employers, particularly hospitals, the US Army, and US Navy, are more likely to hire BSNs for their ability to meet the complexities in today’s health care system and improve patient outcomes and satisfaction. The BSN program covers all the content taught in the associate degree program but includes an in-depth study of the … Read the rest
A career in nursing is beneficial for those who enjoy caring for others. Providing physical and emotional support must always be a top priority for those who enter the profession, but there are other benefits of getting an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). The current need for nurses in the healthcare sector means there are numerous opportunities for new and existing nurses. Apart from the abundance of opportunities, nurses also receive excellent compensation for their valuable contributions. Nurses come in … Read the rest
Texas, like the rest of the nation, is facing an unprecedented shortage of nurses to care for the aging and ailing population. The shortage of nursing faculty and limited enrollment in nursing programs, the retirement of aging nurses, and the prevalence of chronic illnesses are some factors that contribute to workforce shortages. Based on health care demands, the state of Texas will need an additional 5,000 nurses added to the workforce every year according to officials.
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The innovative and solution-focused Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree prepares advanced practice nurses to take an active leadership role in solving complex healthcare issues. By creating new healthcare opportunities, bringing care to populations in rural areas, implementing valuable research in clinical settings, and educating the future generation of nurses, DNP graduates are making a profound impact in healthcare.
The DNP degree is a practice doctorate that gives students the terminal academic preparation in nursing. In Texas, where the supply … Read the rest
Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are registered nurses with additional education. Master of Science (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs prepare registered nursing professionals to perform physical exams, order labs and analyze results, prescribe medication, and educate patients. APRNs specialize by population, and their titles may be Certified Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse-Midwives, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, and Clinical Nurse Specialist. Apart from catering to a specific patient population, APRNs may also work in academia or research.
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The growing number of persons with chronic health conditions, the increasing complexity of healthcare, and the widespread use of technological innovations require nurses to have the educational preparation to navigate the challenges of the health care system. Nurses with a baccalaureate and higher degree are better prepared to manage the complex health care system and use a holistic approach to produce positive patient outcomes. Apart from preparing a highly-educated workforce, BSN programs produce graduates who have the foundation for further … Read the rest
Recent statistics coming out from the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies reveal that the supply ratio of RNs in Texas lags behind that of other states and the national supply ratio. Even with a shortage of registered nurses, employers are unwilling to draw from a pool of available associate-degree graduates. Seeking every opportunity to promote patient safety, many hospitals are beginning to hire only BSN RNs, leaving the ADNs and LVNs with no choice but to seek employment in … Read the rest
Registered nurses have their pick of well-paid employment in a variety of health care settings across Texas. Apart from a highly competitive salary, nurses receive great health benefits, incentives for advancing their education, and opportunities to enhance their position and income potential. Nursing careers are among the fastest growing occupations according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The demand will continue well beyond 2020 as the population ages and access to healthcare expands. With the higher than average shortage of … Read the rest