What are the different levels of nurses?
Types of nurses
|Level||Typical education requirement||Current practitioners|
|Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)||75-hour vocational course||1,534,400|
|Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)||one-year vocational course||738,400|
|Registered Nurse (RN)||Associate of Science (A.S.) in Nursing or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Nursing||2,711,500|
Doctorate Degrees in Nursing. The highest degree one can earn in nursing is a doctorate level degree. You must first have a bachelor's and then a master's degree before completing the doctorate degree in nursing and becoming what some refer to as Doctor Nurse.
- An aspiring RN can earn a bachelor's of science in nursing (BSN) in four years at a college or university. If you're already an RN, you can enroll in an RN-to-BSN program which is geared specifically for RNs who have an associate's degree or nursing diploma. This path usually takes about two to three years.
- Licensed vocational nurse (LVN) is a job title specific to Texas and California. Licensed vocational nurses are known as licensed practical nurses (LPNs) in all other states. LVNs and LPNs work under the supervision of registered nurses (RNs) and physicians, providing basic bedside care to patients.
- The highest paying nursing jobs are:
- Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.
- General Nurse Practitioner.
- Gerontological Nurse Practitioner.
- Pain Management Nurse.
- Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
- Certified Nurse Midwife.
- Family Nurse Practitioner.
- Informatics Nurse.
The highest paid of all nursing specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) also require the most education and training. In addition to a four-year nursing or science degree, CRNAs must be licensed RNs with at least a year of experience in an acute-care setting.
- Specialties: Pediatric nurse. Median salary: $89,000.
- Certified nurse midwife. Median salary: $96,970.
- Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Median salary: $102,000.
- Nurse practitioner. Median salary: $95,350.
- Gerontological nurse practitioner. Median salary: $64,906.
- Critical care nurse.
- Nurse anesthetist.
- Registered Nurse Average Salary: Mean Salaries for RNs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics lastest data (as of 2015), the average salary of a registered nurse in the United States is $71,000. The average hourly wage of a registered nurse is $34.14.
- National Average. As of May 2012, the average hourly rate for a registered nurse was $32.66, according to the BLS. The top 10 percent earned at least $45.54 per hour, while the lowest-paid 10 percent earned no more than $21.65.
A nurse practitioner (NP) is a step above a registered nurse (RN), and is an individual who possesses either a Master of Science in Nursing degree or a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in addition to an APRN (advanced practicing registered nurse) license and board certification.
- Doctorate Degrees in Nursing. The highest degree one can earn in nursing is a doctorate level degree. You must first have a bachelor's and then a master's degree before completing the doctorate degree in nursing and becoming what some refer to as Doctor Nurse.
- Some charge nurses are permanent members of the nursing management team and are called shift supervisors. The traditional term for a female charge nurse is a nursing sister (or just sister), and this term is still commonly used in some countries (such as the United Kingdom and some Commonwealth countries).
- The quickest route to becoming an RN is to enroll in a CNA-to-RN bridge program, which lets you earn your Associate Degree in Nursing, or ADN, in as little as one year. Earning an ADN the traditional way usually takes around two years.
Updated: 19th October 2018