Financing Your Education
The decision to begin your nursing education is a big one. Fortunately
there are a number of resources available in the form of scholarships
and/or grants. Just as it is important to contact a number of schools
regarding educational opportunities being offered at their institution,
it is wise to ask for information on financial assistance from a
variety of sources. In addition to asking the schools to send you
current resources for financial aid at the state and federal level,
contact health care facilities and professional associations, as
well as community service groups.
There are also publications available at your local bookstores
on numerous sources of financial aide. The Florida Nurses Foundation
offers a number of scholarships you can apply for once you are enrolled
in a nursing program. Click
here to obtain information or to apply or call (407) 896-3261.
Once you choose a career in nursing the options are almost endless.
Nurses can now work at the bedside giving direct care to patients
but they may also seek advanced degrees and function as primary
care providers as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNPs).
Nurses work in various specialty areas in both of the roles mentioned
above. Some examples of specialties are Pediatrics or Orthopedics.
Medical Surgical Nurses are generalists who care for patients with
a wide variety of illness and injuries on a nursing unit, while
critical care nurses care for the more severely injured or acutely
ill patients before they are stabilized. Nurses also work as managers
of nursing units and other departments as well as administrators
in hospitals. Nurse entrepreneurs are nurses who own their own businesses
using nursing knowledge and expertise to create their own career
paths. Nurses can work in physician's offices and in numerous roles
in many different kinds of institutions and businesses such as insurance
There are school nurses and occupational health nurses who work
with people in various work environments to ensure health maintenance
and prevention of illness and injury. Geriatric nurses may work
at the bedside caring for the elderly or as nursing directors in
long term care facilities ensuring an optimum quality of life for
our aging population. Nurses who go on to achieve Master's and Doctoral
degrees teach in colleges and universities and conduct nursing research
to discover ways to make nursing better. These are just a few examples
of the many opportunities available to those who choose this exciting
Salaries vary depending on locale. However, the average starting
salary for a new nurse in Florida in acute care ranges from an average
of about $15.00/hr or $31,200/year. Salaries increase with experience.
The salary range of an ARNP can range from $45,000 to over $90,000
generally. Salaries of nurse administrators are comparable to the