Healthcare has many different areas one can go into if interested in this field. I have chosen two that have always been an interest to me; Nursing (particularly registered nursing) and an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). Both jobs are very demanding and extremely important. Both are respected jobs and require a tremendous amount of caring for others.
There are three levels of nursing; certified Nurse Assistant (CNA), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or a Registered Nurse (RN). A registered nurse is the highest level of nursing. In order to practice nursing you must have an Associate Degree in Nursing, Bachelor Degree in Nursing, or in some cases a diploma in nursing from an accredited school. Nursing can provide many opportunities for growth such as becoming a physician. The amount of time it can take to become a RN can depend on how long it takes to complete the pre-requisites. Course pre-requisites vary, but typically include anatomy and physiology, microbiology, chemistry, psychology, algebra and English. A drug screen and background check may also be required. At PCC you must complete at least 30 of the 45 hours of pre-requisites prior to beginning the program. You must have a cummalative 3.0 grade average for the pre-requisite classes. Along with the application, you must have official transcripts and other possible work history, foreign languages taken (if any), and test scores. There are other schools that have nursing programs such as; University of Phoenix, Linfield College, OHSU, Concorde College. Pioneer Pacific College, and University of Portland.
A Registered Nurse requires critical thinking skills and good communications skills. A nurse must be able to work with people and apply their knowledge of the human body to potential and actual health problems. They must also have the ability to work independently. They have to be comfortable with people in the most intimate circumstance because of the nature of dealing with different health situations. A registered nurse works with clients, their families and communities in various settings. They can work in nursing homes, assisted living, and adult foster care homes. Compensation for a registered nurse is pretty good. The median annual earnings in Oregon in 2008 were $62,450, with the lowest wage being $43,410 and the highest being $76, 570.
The physical demands require that a person be physically capable of standing for long periods of time. Nurses often assist in lifting and moving patients and can work up to 12 hour days. They must also have technical abilities because of some of the computerized equipment. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the primary hazard in patient care is blood borne pathogens, such as hepatitis B and HIV. Nurses are exposed to a variety of infectious diseases so they must be very careful and follow the safety guidelines. A typical day includes accessing patient needs, creating treatment plans and evaluating...