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Nursing Schools in New York

Nursing is currently the largest health care occupation, and job opportunities for new nurses are excellent. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for registered nurses (RNs) is expected to grow by 22 percent between 2008 and 2018; for licensed practical nurses (LPNs), expected growth is 21 percent.

Registered nurses work in hospitals, nursing homes, physicians' offices, home health care, schools and community centers, among other locations. They care for ill or injured patients, administering medications, treatment, and diagnostic tests. RNs may also develop nursing care plans, maintain medical records, and provide health education to patients and their families.

Licensed practical nurses provide skilled patient care under the supervision of a physician or a registered nurse. LPNs track vital signs, assist patients with personal needs, and may dress wounds and give injections.

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Degree Options at New York Nursing Schools

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Nursing is currently the largest health care occupation, and job opportunities for new nurses are excellent. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for registered nurses (RNs) is expected to grow by 22 percent between 2008 and 2018; for licensed practical nurses (LPNs), expected growth is 21 percent.

Registered nurses work in hospitals, nursing homes, physicians' offices, home health care, schools and community centers, among other locations. They care for ill or injured patients, administering medications, treatment, and diagnostic tests. RNs may also develop nursing care plans, maintain medical records, and provide health education to patients and their families.

Licensed practical nurses provide skilled patient care under the supervision of a physician or a registered nurse. LPNs track vital signs, assist patients with personal needs, and may dress wounds and give injections.

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Degree Options at New York Nursing Schools

LPNs typically need to complete a one-year program and pass the NCLEX-PN to become licensed to practice. RNs can choose from one of three educational paths:

  • Bachelor's of science in nursing degree (BSN): four year program
  • Associate's degree in nursing (ADN): two-to-three year program
  • Diploma from a hospital-administered program: about three years

RNs with a bachelor's degree should have the most job opportunities and possibilities for advancement. Nursing schools in New York offer RN-to-BSN degree programs that can help RNs with an ADN or diploma complete the four-year degree and enhance their careers.

New York nursing schools provide supervised clinical experience as well as classroom education. Coursework includes classes in theory and practice of nursing as well as:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Psychology/ behavioral sciences

Careers for Graduates of Nursing Schools in New York

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the following New York State employment and wage data for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses as of 2009:

  • Registered Nurses: Employment 165,730, mean annual wage $72,790
  • Licensed Practical Nurses: Employment 45,130, mean annual wage $41,910

To practice in New York, graduates of approved New York nursing schools must apply for a license through the New York State Education Department and successfully complete the NCLEX licensing examination.

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