Practical Nursing Careers in New Jersey & Pennsylvania
Do you have a passion for providing care to others? Would you like a career that allows you to work closely with physicians, registered nurses, and other healthcare professionals? If so, becoming a Practical Nurse (PN) could be the path for you. Demand for PNs continues to grow steadily across the United States, and training for this career can prepare you for a bright future.
Whether you’re new to the field of healthcare or looking for a change of pace, Prism Career Institute’s practical nursing program in Philadelphia, PA, Egg Harbor Township, NJ, and Cherry Hill, NJ, can open a host of practical nursing career options. Here, we take a closer look at the settings our students often work in after graduation.
Scope of Employment Opportunities in Pennsylvania & New Jersey
PNs are in high demand across a wide spectrum of employment opportunities, including workplaces you may not have considered. Upon completing our practical nursing program and earning their license, PNs may find themselves in any of the following healthcare settings:
Hospitals and Private Clinics
These facilities depend on PNs to take vital signs, show patients to their examination rooms, administer medications, update patient records, collect medical histories, and more.
Local physician’s offices, from primary care to specialists’ practices, are always in need of compassionate, capable PNs. They typically work under the doctor’s orders to administer injections and medications, dress wounds, and more. In some settings, they may also perform administrative duties, like patient admissions, electronic data entry, and handling insurance paperwork.
Outpatient Care Centers
PNs pursue work in two main types of outpatient care centers. One is primary care, which entails the treatment of patients with various ailments and duties like administering immunizations, routine laboratory testing, and assisting doctors with physical exams. The second, specialty care, involves clinics designated to specific areas of medicine. For example, PNs may help out during dialysis treatments or surgery prep.
Nursing Homes, Senior Care Centers, and In-Home Healthcare
In addition to performing typical PN responsibilities, PNs working with the elderly in their homes or at assisted living facilities, retirement homes, nursing homes, and beyond can expect to assist patients with activities of daily life. This may include personal hygiene, nutrition, physical therapy, and memory care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. PNs may also provide companionship as part of a patient’s care.
There are many opportunities for PNs with federal, state, and local agencies. Though their duties extend beyond directly providing healthcare to patients, PNs are called on to act as consultants on public health programs and initiatives. They also educate their communities — especially under-served individuals — about personal health.
Healthcare Support Fields
Should PNs seek a change of pace within the healthcare industry, they can put their education and license to good use in support positions. For instance, they can secure positions in insurance, medical coding, transcription, billing, call centers, customer service offices, and more.
Get Started with Prism Career Institute
If any of these rewarding practical nursing career options appeal to you, it’s time to take the first step with Prism Career Institute. Our practical nursing program is available in Philadelphia, PA, Egg Harbor Township, NJ, and Cherry Hill, NJ and has received approvals from the PA and NJ State Boards of Nursing. This ensures students receive the knowledge and skills required to succeed in their PN careers and the healthcare field. To get started, apply online or contact Prism Career Institute for more information today.