Are you thinking about what career to get into? Maybe you are thinking about making a career change.
If you are emotionally stable, have a thirst for knowledge, good communication skills, physical stamina and above all, empathy and compassion, then consider a career in nursing.
What type of nurse you want to be and how far you want to take your career will determine which educational option you should pursue.
At the minimum, you will need to get an Associate’s Degree. This will take you two years. You may then have to sit for an exam for certification. The drawback is that you are unlikely to have any clinical experience so this will preclude you from working with patients. You are most likely to be a Nursing Assistant.
This will allow you to then begin specializing immediately in another field, such as pediatrics, surgery, maternal health and so on, if that is what you wish to do.
Most people then sit a licensing exam to become a Registered Nurse (RN).
If you want to become an Advanced Practice Nurse, then you will need to get a Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing. You may choose to do a general program or opt for one that covers a specific specialty.
If you would like to become a professor and teach nursing at Masters’ level or perhaps go into the research field, then you would continue on with your education to obtain either a Doctor of Nursing Science or Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree. Which you choose depends on your preferred area of focus.
Those are the broad educational strokes.