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Researching you Nursing Education: Collecting the Basic Data. Chapter 1 Keys to Nursing Success. Why nursing?. What are some reasons people go into nursing? Why is nursing a good career?. Nursing is an art!.

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why nursing
Why nursing?
  • What are some reasons people go into nursing?
  • Why is nursing a good career?
nursing is an art
Nursing is an art!

“Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, It requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter's or sculptor's work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God's spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts:

I had almost said,

finest of Fine Arts.”

- Florence Nightingale

who is florence nightingale
Who is Florence Nightingale?
  • Founder of modern nursing
  • Lady of the lamp!
different levels of nursing
Different Levels of Nursing
  • C.N.A.
    • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • L.V.N. or L.P.N.
    • Licensed Vocational Nurse
    • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • R.N.
    • Registered Nurse
    • Associate degree - ADN
    • Bachelor’s degree - BSN
  • Advanced Practice Nurses
    • Nurse Midwife
    • Nurse Practitioner
    • Nurse Anesthetist
certified nursing assistant
Certified Nursing Assistant
  • >16 years old
  • 150 hr training
  • Pass state licensing exam
  • $26,000 / yr
licensed vocational nurse
Licensed Vocational Nurse
  • 1-2 years school
  • Skills focused
  • Pass a national exam (NCLEX – LVN)
r n registered nurse
R.N. Registered Nurse
  • 3-4 yrs school
  • Pass national exam (NCLEX)
lvn vs rn average salary
LVN vs. RN Average Salary

LVN wages

RN wages

$22 - $31 /hour

$46,900 -$67,500/yr

Fresno: $63,000

  • $16 - $22 / hour
  • $35,000 -$49,000/yr
  • Fresno:$42,000 / yr
bachelors of science in nursing
Bachelors of Science in Nursing
  • 4 year degree
  • Prepared in all settings
  • Broad spectrum education
  • Management
associate degree in nursing adn
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
  • 2-3 year degree
  • Prepared in multiple settings
  • Core nursing education
bsn adn
  • Both become “RN’s”
  • Both must pass the same national exam
what is the name of the national nursing exam
What is the name of the national nursing exam?
  • Do not shout out the answer!
  • Turn to your neighbor and tell them the answer.
  • NCLEX-
    • National Council Licensure Examination
  • Raise your hand if your neighbor got it right
general data on nursing programs
General data on nursing programs



53% of students

64% retention rate

28% < 25 years old

Tuition cost

Public: $2,500 /year

  • 43% of students
  • 72% retention rate
  • 72% < 25 years old
  • Tuition cost
    • Public: $5,000 /year
    • Private: $20,000/ year
  • Hospital based diploma
  • No degree
  • Must pass NCLEX
  • “Nurses comprise the largest single component of hospital staff, are the primary providers of hospital patient care, and deliver most of the nation’s long-term care.”
    • Katz (2009) Keys to Nursing Success, pg 10
  • Does not “assist” medicine
  • Independent of other disciplines.
    • Katz (2009) Keys to Nursing Success, pg 10

“I use the word nursing for want of a better. It has been limited to signify little more than the administration of medicines and the application of poultices. It ought to signify the proper use of fresh air, light, warmth, cleanliness, quiet, and the proper selection and administration of diet—all at the least expense of vital power to the patient.” ~Florence Nightingale

  • 2.9 million RN’s in the
  • Average salary (full-time):
    • $57,784 / yr
  • Ave. salary for hospital nurse:
    • $60,970 /yr
  • Average salary for Calif. RN:
    • $85,080 /yr
statistics cont
Statistics cont.
  • Degrees Held by RN’s
    • BSN 34.2%
    • ADN 33.7%
    • Diploma 17.5%
    • Master’s + 13.0%
where are rn s working
Where are RN’s working?
  • Hospitals 56.2%
  • Community/public health 15.0%
  • Ambulatory health 11.5%
  • Nursing education 2.6%
  • Nursing homes 6.3%
  • Other 8.5%
the challenge of school
The challenge of school!
  • Balancing responsibilities
  • Older student
  • Cultural differences
  • Physical disabilities
  • Learning disabilities
  • Working
  • Financial costs

America’s Nursing Shortage by the Numbers

  • The U.S government predicts that by 2020 it will be short between 800,000 and one million nurses.

“Over the next 20 years, the average age of the RN will increase and the size of the workforce will plateau as large numbers of RNs retire. “

how education not just nursing education promotes life success
How education, not just nursing education promotes life success
  • More $
  • Career success
  • Healthier
  • More involved

“I think one's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.”~ Florence Nightingale

what your college expects of you
What your college expects of you
  • Be an adult and act like one!
  • Take responsibility for your self.
pursue academic excellence
Pursue academic excellence
  • Read
  • Attend class
  • Be on time
  • Do the work
  • Listen
  • Study
  • Get help

“For it may safely be said, not that the habit of ready and correct observation will by itself make us useful nurses, but that without it we shall be useless with all our devotion.”

~Florence Nightingale

get involved
Get involved
e mail etiquette
E-mail etiquette
  • Be professional
  • Think before you send!
  • Spell check!
student e mail
Student e-mail
  • Ho professor keele, 
  • Please just let me know what I can do. Or if there is anything I can do to just get the D up to a C.

“It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a hospital that it should do the sick no harm.” ~Florence Nightingale

analytical thinking
Analytical thinking
  • AKA: Critical thinking!

“Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better.”

~ Florence Nightingale

practical thinking
Practical thinking
  • Putting what you’ve learned into action
practical thinking1
Practical thinking

“So never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself.”~Florence Nightingale

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