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As a current nursing student at Ohio Northern University,
Bethany Kludt has learned many interesting facts about the
nursing profession. One of the first things that surprised her
was the wide variety of locations where a nurse can choose
Hospitals are the primary employer of nurses, but definitely not the only institutions
and agencies that need nursing help. Of all of the employed nurses in the world,
roughly sixty-two percent work in hospitals. The remaining thirty-eight percent are
spread throughout places such as private practices, public health agencies, home
health care, primary care clinics, and outpatient surgicenters. Other nurses find their
calling in health maintenance organizations, insurance or managed care companies,
schools, nursing homes, in the military, and with hospices. The possibilities for Kludt in
the future are endless.
She has also learned that there are four times more nurses in the health care
field than there are doctors. This is because nurses are the professionals who
work directly with the patients. It is the nurse, whether an RN or an LPN, that
handles the giving of medication, the coordination of tests and services, the
general maintenance and upkeep of the patient's needs, and so on. Without
nurses, the health care field would collapse.
Bethany Kludt is currently studying to receive her BSN, a four year Bachelors
degree of science in nursing. Upon completion of her college education, she
will have choices as to what type of nurse she becomes. Options available
include two, three, and four year programs to become a Registered Nurse.
Regardless of her choice, she will need to sit for the NCLEX-RN state licensing
exam before she can become a working professional nurse in the field. The BSN
that she is seeking will allow her to choose any nursing field in any of the