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Rural Nurse

RN Diploma, ASN, BSN or MSN

Rural Nurses work in isolated areas with patients who have limited access to healthcare. They typically work in critical care nursing, trauma, labor and delivery, as well as in typical nursing duties like attending to patients who are sick or injured. There’s a chance you could be the primary care giver of an entire community, so becoming a Nurse Practitioner would be helpful. Many nurses find this field especially rewarding due to the fact that often times patients will be neighbors, family members, close friends, and generally people they are already very familiar with.

Things You'll Do:

  • Treat patients with common acute illnesses
  • Attend to patients with chronic conditions
  • Educate rural communities about health and wellness

Your job characteristics:

  • Multifaceted
  • Patient-facing
  • Independent

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Nursing Diploma, Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX_RN)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
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  • Get Your
    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Get significant clinical experience as a Nurse Practitioner (amount of experience varies by specialty).
  • Get Your
    Board Certification in your specialty through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • Become a
    Rural Nurse/Nurse Practitioner

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  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Hospitals
    • Community clinics
    • Private practices

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • You’ll have access to numerous state and federal educational loan repayment programs designed to encourage nursing in underserved populations.

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