In comparison to other healthcare positions, registered nurses are qualified to provide direct patient care in a variety of settings. Entry-level workers in healthcare, on the other hand, typically focus on one service, provide non-medical care or support nursing staff.
Here are some examples of entry-level positions:
- A nurse's aide performs basic, non-medical tasks in support of the nursing staff.
- A home health aide assists patients with daily non-medical tasks such as bathing, dressing, cleaning and meal prep.
- A lab technician collects and organizes specimens in a lab.
- A patient service representative communicates with patients and helps them plan or schedule treatments or appointments.
If you like the idea of helping others or having a career that directly affects people’s lives, becoming a registered nurse could be a good career choice. For those who may be uncertain about their career path, note that the demand for registered nurses continues to increase.
After you become an RN and want to enhance your career, University of Phoenix (UOPX) can help. We offer an RN to BSN program that helps registered nurses enhance their patient care skills and knowledge and be equipped to apply for growth opportunities like charge nurse and director of nursing. The RN to BSN program requires 120 total credits and 14 months to complete
UOPX also offers a competency-based version of the RN to BSN degree. The competency-based (CB) RN to BSN is designed for licensed RNs with an Associates Degree in Nursing and at least a year of experience. The CB program is self-governed with credits tied to competencies performed on the job, and since RNs often possess these skills already, they could quickly demonstrate what they know and earn skills for learning something new. It can be completed in less than one year and for under $10,000 when transferring credits from an Associate Degree in Nursing to the RN toBSN CB program.
If you’re interested in learning more about nursing degree offerings at University of Phoenix, visit phoenix.edu/degrees/nursing.html.