Here are reasons to consider a career in this helping profession
If you know you want to work in healthcare, but aren’t sure whether you want to specialize, working as a licensed nursing assistant (LNA) can be a fantastic way to begin your career. Wondering about the basics of this profession? Caring for others is central to being an effective LNA. Read 5 Things to Know About Being a Nursing Assistant.
Here are some reasons to consider a career as an LNA:
- Valuable experience
After you do your training, you can start gaining experience by working directly with patients as well as physicians and Registered Nurses (RNs). As an LNA, you can work in a variety of settings, from in-home care and assisted living centers to hospitals and physicians’ offices. If you’d like the option to gain additional training down the road, experience as an LNA can be useful if you decide to apply to a nursing program.
- Quick route to nursing
Training to become an LNA can be an efficient route to a career in nursing. At the Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health, students can complete our LNA training program in a matter of months.
- Consistent job outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of nursing assistants and orderlies is projected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.”
- Variety day to day
Every day can be different on the job when you’re working with patients as an LNA. You’ll have the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of patients—which can also have a big impact on their family members.
Working as an LNA is a good way to become more familiar with the various specialties in healthcare. You could try working in a nursing home, pediatric practice, surgery care, or more. Gaining the experience and knowledge in a particular area of medicine can help you decide if you want to specialize later in your career.
If you’re considering a career in healthcare, maybe it’s time to take the next step. Perhaps ask yourself whether you have some of the traits that would serve you well in the profession. Learn more about the LNA programs like the one at Salter Nursing. Let us help you take the next step towards a new and gratifying career in healthcare. Whatever you decide, we wish you the best of luck!