If you have ever been treated in a hospital, clinic or outpatient facility, chances are you have interacted with a Registered Nurse (RN). Registered Nurses perform a variety of medical and administrative functions involving patient care and treatment. With so many career options in healthcare to choose from, Registered Nursing continues to be one of the top 10 growing healthcare professions in the country (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook). So, let’s take a closer look at Registered Nursing and see if we can answer the question: “How Much Does a Registered Nurse (RN) Make?” [Read more...]
Many people are intimidated by the current state of the job market. In tough economic times, it’s hard to find jobs that pay well enough to live a comfortable life. Many jobs require an expensive four-year degree before you can even get your foot in the door. However, this is not always the case. Many jobs can be attained with only a two-year degree, and often pay more than several jobs requiring an expensive bachelor’s degree.
(All statistics are from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook)
The need for dental assistants is ever-present, with a projected job growth rate of 25%. These valuable healthcare providers play a crucial role in the day to day operations of a dental office including performing x-rays, caring for patients, assisting dentists during procedures, and performing dental cleanings. Practicing as a dental assistant requires only a two-year associate’s degree, and license from the state you wish to practice in. The median income for dental assistants in 2012 was over $34,500 a year, averaging out at around $16.50 per hour.
Just like dental assistants, the need for registered nurses is high and growing all the time. Registered nurses are employed through the healthcare industry in clinics, hospitals, out-patient care, and doctor’s offices. Working as a registered nurse also provides a variety of duties as well as locations. Registered nurses can be responsible for performing tests, assisting physicians, and providing basic healthcare to patients. Entry into this field requires only a two-year degree, with many employers offering assistance to provide further education after employment. In 2012, people working as registered nurses earned an average income of $65,000.
Linda DeChaine didn’t enjoy the monotony of her job. As a clinical lab supervisor, she managed six labs and the technical staff at each establishment. “It was the same thing, day after day,” said Linda. She had also reached the ceiling in her career field leaving no room for growth and she wanted more.
She wasn’t going to let the fact that she was an established adult deter her. Linda has a Bachelor of Science that she received in 1991 and Master’s in Business Administration she received in 2001. She is married, and her children are grown.
July 2010. She will graduate in December 2011. With an impressive 3.96 GPA, Linda aspires to be in the operating room. She’d like to be a traveling nurse filling in at hospitals across the country that need temporary staff. This would give Linda the flexibility and opportunity to see the country.
“I chose MCI because I am older and I wanted to maximize my time,” explained Linda. “I liked the speed of the program.” Linda did her research prior to selecting MCI; she looked at several programs comparing passing rates, graduation rates, graduates who had earned employment post-graduation and overall graduate reviews. She picked MCI and says the program is fast paced and intense and that she learned a great deal stating, “I tell others to put their nose to the grind stone, you get out of it what you put into it.”
Linda had originally wanted to be a nurse, but the program wasn’t an option to her during the 1980’s when she was graduating high school. She is a good example of someone who holds tight to a dream knowing she can accomplish her heart’s desire.