Are you looking to advance your career in the nursing field? Graduating from nursing school to become an RN is an essential first step. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, RNs earn about 30 percent more than lower level nurses such as LPNs and LVNs.
However, you don’t want your career — and your earnings — to plateau once you become an RN. There are three main ways to make more money as an RN:
Relocate: Salaries for RNs can vary dramatically depending on geographical location. For example, while the average hourly wage for an RN is $34.70 nationally, in South Dakota it is $26.89 and in California it is $48.92. Of course, differences in cost of living will affect how far your money goes in different parts of the country.
Gain Experience: The more years of on-the-job experience you accumulate, the more you can expect to earn. According to Payscale.com, a newly minted RN will get paid $21.05-$34.81 per hour, while a late-career RN will earn $34.03-$47.04.
Get Certified: Earning advanced nursing certifications can be an excellent way to increase your earning power, without having to relocate or spend years gaining experience. Certification will open up new job positions and career opportunities to you, as well as make you more desirable to employers. Plus, the re-certification process that is required for advanced nursing certifications will keep you engaged and learning for your entire career, which will help with your overall career satisfaction.
Some possible certifications to pursue include:
CEN: If you would thrive in the fast-paced, high-stakes world of the ER, you might consider becoming a CEN or Certified Emergency Nurse. This certification proves you have what it takes to provide superior quality emergency nursing care in accordance with the latest developments in patient care. ER nurses earn $47,000 to $93,000 per year, depending on geographic location and number of overtime hours.
CCRN: There is a great need for RNs who are qualified to provide direct care to critically ill patients. Passing the CCRN certification exam will equip you to fill this need and provide care to adult, pediatric, or neonatal patients, depending on the sub-certification you choose. Critical care nurses are among the top ten highest paid types of RNs, earning an average of $76,000 per year.
CCM: If you are interested in moving into case management, you need to become a CCM or Certified Case Manager. This certification shows that you have the expertise, knowledge, and professional experience needed to provide the right services to seriously ill or injured patients, and it is increasingly demanded by employers for case management positions. A Nurse Case Manager can earn up to $90,000 per year.
Invest in Test Prep Books to Invest in Your Future
If you’re considering pursuing additional nursing certifications, it is definitely in your best interests to purchase a quality test prep book. This can save you lots of time and stress by helping you study more effectively for your certification exam. Consider it an investment in passing your exam on the first try.
At Trivium Test Prep, we have test prep books for the CEN, CCRN, and CCM exams. All of our books are designed to help you maximize the effectiveness of your study sessions with clear, concise concept reviews and comprehensive practice questions.
Do you have an important test coming up? Purchasing a test prep book to help you get your best score is a smart investment in your future. However, you do need to be careful that you are choosing the best test prep book for your needs. Here are the key aspects to look for when you shop:
Comprehensive Review: Obviously, it is essential for your test prep book to thoroughly cover the material that will be on the test. But this doesn’t mean you need to buy the biggest, thickest test prep book you can find. Longer books are often full of fluff and filler that will only distract you from the key concepts you really need to learn. Trivium Test Prep’s books have 25 to 35 percent fewer pages than the competition because we’ve streamlined the material to give you exactly what you need to succeed.
Test-Taking Tips: Learning the material is only part of the equation when it comes to succeeding on tests. You also need to learn the test format so you know exactly what to expect on test day. This helps you go into the test with confidence—and studies have shown that confident students score better on tests. Look for a test prep book that contains tips for time management, educated guessing, and other test-taking secrets specifically related to the test you will be taking.
Practice Questions: Practice questions are one of the best ways to test your understanding of the material that will be on the test. The best test prep books contain practice questions or even entire practice tests that are designed to mimic the real test experience as closely as possible. Studying the practice questions will keep you from being surprised or confused by how different types of questions are presented on the test, and you won’t waste time puzzling them out or make careless mistakes because you haven’t understood the questions.
Detailed Answers: When you use practice questions or a practice test, you don’t just want to know if you got the answer right or wrong—you want to know why. Detailed answers are essential for helping you learn from your mistakes as well as for reinforcing your understanding of the concepts in the questions you answered correctly.
Engaging Format: Although we often call what we learn in school “book learning,” for most people learning from a book isn’t the most effective way to gain knowledge. This is why so many students opt for test prep classes or private tutoring. If classes or tutoring don’t fit your schedule and/or budget, don’t worry. Trivium Test Prep books are designed to simulate the experience of working one-on-one with a tutor to keep you engaged and make sure you get the most from your test prep sessions.
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1) You like to help people
This one is obvious – if you genuinely care about people, few things are more rewarding than saving a person’s life. As an EMT, you’ll get to do that on a daily basis.
2) You want a career you can advance in
While all EMTs start off as an EMT Basic (also known as EMT-B), your career doesn’t stop there. From EMT-B on, you can become and EMT Intermediate or EMT Paramedic. Many individuals interested in a medical career also get their start as EMTs. The sky’s the limit!
3) You want to be a part of the healthcare industry
As you may know, the healthcare industry is the fastest growing sector in the US. If your long term goal is to work in the medical field either as an EMT or as another type of healthcare professional, becoming an EMT is a great way to begin your career and learn more about healthcare.
4) You want an exciting career
No two days are the same as an EMT. Sometimes that can be hard, but if you thrive on variety and adventure and think being someone’s hero every day sounds exciting – it is.
5) You want a stable career
While your day to day may have a ton of variety, paramedics are always needed. Whether you live in an urban or rural setting, or in a community struggling economically or thriving, society needs EMTs to operate. Talk about job security!
6) You like to stay in shape
Paramedics need to stay in shape to be able to effectively perform their job duties. If you like working out, or just need an incentive to keep trim, working as an EMT is a great motivator.
7) You like being a team player
As an EMT, you’ll be spending a lot of time with your coworkers. If you’re an extrovert and enjoy making life-long friendships, this is a great opportunity to get to know others with similar values and interests.
8) You hate the idea of spending 8 hours in a cubicle
If the idea of sitting all day and staring at a computer screen sounds like your worst nightmare, becoming a paramedic might be for you. You’ll constantly be driving and traveling, and you’ll also get plenty of exercise helping patients. (See #6!)
9) You want to keep learning
A lot of EMT services let you work while you get certified – meaning whether you’re working to become an EMT-B or moving up the ranks to a paramedic, you’ll have the opportunity to both learn on the job and get certified while doing so.
10) You like to work hard – and play hard
As an EMT you’ll work shifts that are often long and hard for days in a row. However, this means that while you may, for example, work four 10 hour shifts, you’ll also get a solid few days off afterwards. That means more time for friends, family, and fun.
No matter what type of material you are trying to study, practice testing is one of the best ways to learn effectively. In fact, according to psychological scientists at Kent State University, practice testing and distributed study are the top two most effective study techniques students can use to increase their learning.
If you want to get the biggest benefit from your practice testing, you need to make sure you’re using this test prep resource correctly. Here are some key tips that will help.
Practice the Whole Experience
Practice tests don’t only measure your knowledge of the material; they also help you understand how you’re going to perform on the real test. Take care to make the experience of practice testing mimic real testing as closely as possible. Find a calm, quiet place to take your practice test, where you won’t be disturbed or distracted, and be sure to follow the rules of the test carefully.
Take the Whole Practice Test
It’s easy to get tired when taking a long test and to start making careless mistakes. You won’t know about your tendency to do this—or have a chance to correct it—if you don’t take the whole practice test in one sitting. If you absolutely don’t have time to do this, at least complete one whole section of the test per study session.
Part of the challenge of passing any kind of timed test is answering all the questions within the time limit. Set a timer before starting your practice test. When the timer goes off, take a moment to mark all the questions you have not yet answered before continuing with the test. Score yourself first on the portion of the test you completed within the time limit, then on the entire test. If your scores are dramatically different, you know you need to work on time management.
Learn from Your Mistakes
According to the Kent State researchers, practice testing is most effective when students receive feedback about their wrong answers. This feedback doesn’t need to be immediate, so don’t fall into the temptation of flipping to the answer key to check your work after each individual question. Instead, wait until the end of the test and check all your answers at once. This will show you the areas or concepts that you are weak on and will enable you to target them for future study.
Test Early and Often
If your goal is not just to pass an upcoming test but also to learn and retain the information covered on it, cramming is the wrong way to go. Distributed practice, or spreading your study sessions out over time, works much better. The longer the delay between study sessions, the longer you will remember the information. Practice tests as well as sample questions can easily be used for distributed practice simply by waiting weeks or months between testing sessions.
Make Sure You’re Using a Quality Product
For best results, you want to practice the same kinds of questions that will appear on the real test. To do this, you need a practice test that was created by experts based on both the content and format of the real test. In other words, you need a product from Trivium Test Prep. Our materials contain the study resources you need to learn key concepts along with quality practice questions to help you test your knowledge of these concepts effectively.
Thank you for visiting our website and exploring the dozens of test prep study guides we offer. Trivium Test Prep is a growing, independent publisher operating and printing all of our study guides right here in the USA.
We pride ourselves on being different from other large publishing corporations that churn out cookie-cutter guides year after year. These guides lack the secrets, test-taking tips, and personal touch students gain from a tutor. At the same time, many test prep guides overwhelm students with lots of “filler” and “fluff”, making it difficult for students to concentrate on what is truly important to improving their score. Trivium Test Prep works with professional tutors and industry experts to ensure that our guides feel like a one-on-one tutoring experience. We do this by creating concise test prep guides that focus only on those concepts that will increase your score.
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