Nurses in high demand: Earn an Associate Degree in Nursing

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Do you have a strong work ethic? Do you have family support to help you achieve your dreams? Are you truly passionate about nursing? If you answered yes to these questions, the Associate Degree in Nursing program at Spoon River College is looking for you.

A career as a registered nurse has many benefits, including job security, a good-paying salary, advancement opportunities, and a diversity of workplace environments.

A career as a registered nurse (RN) has many benefits, including job security, a good-paying salary, advancement opportunities, and a diversity of workplace environments. RNs not only work in hospitals, but also in health departments, hospices, nursing homes, schools, and for home health providers.

Besides the Associate Degree in Nursing, the SRC program features the option of completing a practical nursing certificate at the end of the first year, affording the individual eligibility to take the practical nursing licensing examination. The College also offers a nursing assistant course that is designed to prepare individuals for entry-level positions in the health care field.  The high demand for registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and certified nursing assistants makes Spoon River College a great place to start a journey to a worthwhile career.

“Students often start with the nursing assistant course or the LPN program so they can get employment in the medical field while they finish the degree program,” said Tamatha Schleich, director of the nursing program at Spoon River College.

“Our students learn how to care for a group of patients in a variety of settings. They will also learn professional behavior, teamwork, cooperative learning, and specific areas such as obstetrics, pediatrics, mental health, and critical care nursing,” said Schleich.

The Nursing program is fully approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and may apply for licensure to practice nursing as a Registered Nurse (RN). Those who successfully complete the NUR 145 course are then eligible to take the NCLEX-LPN and may apply for licensure to practice as a Practical Nurse (LPN).

For more information about career opportunities available through the allied health care program at Spoon River College, call 309-649-6227 or visit www.src.edu/academics/career/nursing

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