Since the last 20 years the medical sector has been seeing extraordinary expansion. To assist the doctors there is a large need for trained and skilled nurses. Hence vocational nursing has become a very economically stable profession. A number of vocational programs are available in a variety of medical institutes all seeming equally promising.
While choosing a vocational institute importance should be given to the quality of education being provided to the institute and not to the duration of the course. The training of a nurse should include the development of practical skills. The student must be taught to be compassionate to the patients. She must be able to work under emergency situations and not panic.
It is the responsibility of the nurse to take care of the well being of the patient until the doctor arrives. Hence she must be skilled enough to administer not only first aid but some general treatment as well. A vocational nursing program must offer specialization to the student in a certain field for e.g. maternity, trauma etc.
All the above stated skills will be required to clear the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). The vocational nursing program will be of no use if the student fails to qualify this examination. Hence quality of education obtained is the key to a bright future in vocational nursing.
The pay scales of the nursing profession are very high ranging between 35000$ to 70000$. An experienced, well skilled and specialized vocational nurse may earn even more than an inexperienced doctor. The vocational institute must have the facility to provide practical skills to the students and must also have an experienced teaching faculty.
It is must that the institute be accredited by the American Nurses Association. The prescribed length of any vocational nursing course is 24 months i.e. it is a three to four semester course. Certain institutes try to fool the students by claiming to finish with the course within twelve to fourteen months.
They must never be opted as they will do nothing but rush through the course and you will not be able to gain the practical skills required to qualify the accreditation examination. Some good institutes providing vocational training are California Medical College, Georgetown University, John Hopkins University School of Nursing, Capella University, Walden University and the Chamberlin College of Nursing.