While the caregiving profession can be rewarding, nursing professionals face tough realities in their line of work. Many nursing assistants struggle on their path to career advancement – it can seem unattainable when it’s costly on both your bank account and time, especially when you have to provide for yourself and family. However, there are multiple ways to gain valuable education and credentials that can fit with your life and nursing schedule. From working in different care settings, to a certificate course to, a nursing degree, there are many more ways to advance your nursing career than you might think!
Education offers a clear path to increase your earning potential and advance your nursing career. But there are different ways to get an education and gain the valuable knowledge you needed to further your nursing career.
Becoming an RN or LPN
Pursuing an RN or LPN degree is the traditional way to further your nursing career and is a sure way to increase your earning potential. There are many scholarships available for nursing assistants to apply for that can greatly help in your pursuit of these high cost credentials. In addition to scholarships, there are a few ways nursing assistants can help pay for nursing school, including using nursing gig platforms like IntelyCare to build your schedule around your education, allowing you to earn an income while getting your degree. Completing a nursing program and passing the NCLEX-RN is no easy feat, but there are plenty of strategies available to help you succeed in nursing school, setting you up to get the most out of your education.
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Other Education Options
Becoming an RN or LPN isn’t the only path to career advancement. Consider completing less time consuming, more financially feasible certificate programs to gain new skills and qualifications that can increase your earning potential.
Degree and certificate programs provide credentials, but work experience is also a valuable trait that can increase earning potential. Many nursing professionals find ways to work in different settings and new facilities to gain new experiences and learn capabilities that can add value to their nursing assistant role. In addition, there are plenty of work settings as a CNA where you have greater flexibility, allowing you to work while in school, broadening your experiences and nursing network.
2. Per Diem Nursing
Per diem nursing is a way to explore new learning opportunities while also earning a steady, often times higher income. With new apps and services, you’ll have the flexibility of per diem nursing with the job security and benefits of full-time work. Plus, you can choose the facilities you work at without sacrificing job security. See our tips on how to make the most of per diem nursing.
In addition, when you have the opportunity to work at multiple types of facilities, you meet new people, solve new problems, and learn new things, growing your opportunities, experience, and skills as a versatile nursing assistant. And the ability to complete a variety of tasks and adapt on the fly is a valuable trait in a nursing assistant.
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There is a new age of nursing on the horizon. With new technologies that provide the opportunity for schedule flexibility, exploring new facilities, competitive pay rates, quality employee benefits, and access to scholarship opportunities, advancing your nursing career as a CNA is an attainable reality.
Becoming an IntelyPro is the first step in taking control of your schedule and advancing your nursing career. Apply to be an IntelyPro today!
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