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Explore a Career in Nursing

Are you interested in a career that's meaningful and challenging with a great salary, benefits, and opportunities for advancement? You should think about becoming a nurse! No segment of the economy is growing faster than the healthcare industry, and nurses have more options than ever before. 

As you progress through the course, you'll learn about several different fields of nursing—from traditional bedside work to critical care areas, like the OR and ICU, to lesser known branches of the field, like nursing informatics. Basically, there's a nursing specialty for everyone, whether your dream is an adrenaline-fueled job in a fast-paced emergency department or a desk job working for the government. You'll also gain information about what you can do with a graduate degree in nursing, and take a quick peek at some of the other medical positions you might be interested in, like radiology technician or physical therapist. If you've ever thought about nursing, now is the time to find out more!

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting December 13, 2017

Offered in Partnership with your Preferred School

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Explore a Career in Nursing Details + Objective

Course Code: ecn

You Will Learn
  • Learn the skills and prerequisite courses you'll need to qualify for nursing school
  • Understand licensing exams you will be required to pass
  • Get a crash course in medical basics: acronyms, medical language, blood tests, and radiology
  • Explore interviews with actual nurses currently working in the field
  • Learn about basic clinical skills to put you ahead of the game for nursing school
  • Gain a foundation of basic medical knowledge to build on
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Experience nursing and discover your passion before committing to the career
  • Explore all of the opportunities that nursing has available
  • Get a jumpstart on important medical knowledge and set yourself on the right path for succeeding in nursing school
Explore a Career in Nursing Outline
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Week 1

In this first lesson, you'll discover some of the many benefits of becoming a nurse. We'll discuss the different pathways to getting a nursing diploma or degree, and we'll look at the pros and cons of each. We'll also talk about some things to think about before you seriously consider nursing school, like prerequisite classes and some of the skills that can help set you up for success. Then, you’ll get a crash course in medical basics. Without getting too detailed, we'll discuss some common medical acronyms, and you'll learn how to decode intimidating medical terminology. We'll talk about different types of doctors, equipment, and tests that nurses encounter, and then we'll finish up with an introduction to medical math. 

Week 2

In this lesson, you'll get a good idea of the different types of training you might go through on your path to becoming a nurse. Then, we're going to look at the three most common job settings for new nurses—hospital acute care, outpatient clinics, and long-term care facilities. You'll learn about the different specialties you can pursue in each area, the colleagues you might work with, and what working as a nurse in these three areas is really like.

Week 3

Many people consider ER, OR, and ICU nursing the most exciting fields of nursing! In this lesson, we'll discuss what it's really like to work in these settings—and how this compares to what you see on TV. Then, we’re going to discuss certain fields of nursing that require more are and compassion than others including: psychiatric nursing, hospice nursing, case management, and health coaching. These are careers that focus on the counseling and patient advocacy roles of nursing.

Week 4

This lesson is about careers that focus on the research, education, management, and change agent roles of nursing. We'll be looking at research nursing, informatics nursing, and legal nurse consulting. Then, we'll explore what it really means to be a community health nurse—where you work and what you might be doing.

Week 5

If you want to use your nursing skills while seeing the world, get ready to love this lesson. We'll explore everything from working as a travel nurse in a neighboring town to taking to the high seas as a member of the Navy Nurse Corps. We'll also look at medical mission work like Doctors Without Borders and Mercy Ships. Then, we’ll take a look at pediatric and obstetric nursing and check out a few other nursing positions that involve working on a team instead of in a department.

Week 6

Learn how clinical nursing can lead to other careers such as teaching, nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, or hospital administration. And finally, ecap the highs and lows of nursing and give you some ideas about alternatives to becoming a nurse. We'll also look at some strategies for getting more information so you can be armed with the knowledge you need to make a decision about whether or not nursing is for you.

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Explore a Career in Nursing Instructors
Paula Suhr

Paula Suhr, RN, MSN, began her nursing career when she was called upon to give chest compressions during an emergency on her very first day on the floor! It's been a string of adventures and meaningful experiences ever since. She has cared for patients in the emergency department, operating room, intensive care unit, and the oncology ward. In her spare time, Paula is also a prolific writer who writes educational content and books for teens.

Explore a Career in Nursing Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Although the education, salary, and licensing information pertains to US nurses only, the skills and specialties described in this course are not specific to the US and therefore it is appropriate for international enrollment. Additionally, the information provided would also be relevant to foreign students hoping to study or work in the US.

Explore a Career in Nursing Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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