There's No Excuse for A CNA To Avoid a Licensed Practical Nursing Program

It's relatively easy, once you've obtained a CNA certification -- about a month of prep time and a simple test -- to settle into a routine on the bottom of the latter at your local medical institution. You make maybe 150% of minimum wage, and everyone can tell you what to do, but at least you get to be in the field, helping people and learning the healing arts. But if you aren't at least working toward some sort of Licensed Practical Nursing program at a reputable practical nursing school, you're on a hamster wheel -- you can be the best CNA in the world, but you're still a CNA.

If you think for some reason that there's just not a nursing school that has the programs your looking for, think again. Even if your local area doesn't have a Licensed Practical Nursing school, there are enough accredited and fully-equipped online nursing programs that there's no need for any CNA to go without an LPN degree. You can study at night or during your off-time and earn your LPN certification in a couple of years while you keep up your job as a CNA.

Not only are there generic Licensed Practical Nursing schools online, there are also online courses devoted to all manner of specialty within the LPN demesnes. There are CNA-to-LPN specific classes, LPN-to-Associate's Nursing Education classes, the Bachelors of Nursing Sciences program, and several more in the generic line of nursing programs -- but the specialties within the Licensed Practical Nursing in particular are multifarious and varied.

The top 5 specializations you'll find in the typical practical nursing program are:

Ambulatory Care: Ambulatory Care literally means "treating people who are walking" -- referring generally to the fact that they come in, get their treatment, and leave on the same day. Most emergency room visits fall under the realm of Ambulatory Care.

Critical Care: Critical Care is what happens in intensive care units, critical care units, and in helicopters that take emergency victims to nearby hospitals. Critical care nurses train in the art of keeping people on the brink of death alive long enough to recover.

Home Health Care: Perhaps the most demanded specialization in practical nursing schools, home health care is the art of taking care of people -- usually the elderly, but nearly as often adults or children that are recovering from accidents or who have acute illnesses -- in their on homes.

Ob/Gyn: The LPNs who work in maternity units and in gynecologist's offices, aiding doctors who care for women during the family planning, pregnancy, and birthing processes.

Psychiatric: Surprisingly, the field of psychiatric nursing is growing quickly. As our health care system gets better and better at defining and treating various forms of mental illness, the need for psychiatric nursing is becoming greater and greater.

The long and short of it is this: no matter what your field of interest or your level of ability, there is an LPN program out there that is ready for you to move into it.

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