nurs·ing: Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations.
There are several options for the individual who wishes to become a Registered Nurse (RN). The Institute of Medicine is calling for at least 80% of the RN population to be baccalaureate prepared by 2020.
Registered nurses work in hospitals (60%), outpatient clinics, physicians' offices, home healthcare services, community health agencies, and nursing care facilities. They also work in correctional facilities, schools, summer camps, military, congress, academia, research centers, dialysis clinics, law firms, homeless shelters, Veterans Affairs, Wellness Centers and medical equipment and supply manufacturers just to name a few!
All pre-licensure nursing graduates are required to pass The National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). A passing score is verification of competencies for safe and effective care.
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