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Nursing is a field that is as old as time, and will be around forever. Hospitals and other health facilities are always hiring for nurses, often times offering attractive sign-on bonuses. If you have the right personality and mindset, nursing is a career that will give you stability, good salary and benefits. There are several nursing routes you can take. You can choose to be a RN (Registered Nurse) or LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse), just to name a couple, since there are hundreds of nursing types and categories.

In this field proper education is mandatory. You can choose a certificate course or advanced degrees in nursing; it all depends on your goals in your nursing career. Some courses in nursing are basic 101 course, while other courses may be more specialized, based upon the area in which the individual wishes to pursue, i.e. Neonatal Nurse, Orthopedic Nurse or Clinical Research Nurse. Outlined below are some of the basic courses that individual will take during their nursing education.

Anatomy and Physiology

Usually these two subjects are taught together. Anatomy is the structure of the body, while physiology refers to the body's function. You will learn what makes up the systems in the human body; cardiovascular system, urinary system, reproductive system, digestive system, respiratory system, endocrine system, nervous system, muscular system, skeletal system, lymphatic system and metabolism. You also learn about the various types of cells and tissues, as well as their functions. This course will teach you anatomy and physiology terms and definitions.

There are several sub branches of chemistry such as physical or organic chemistry. Organic chemistry will teach you the mechanism, compounds, structure and properties in carbon compounds. As a nurse, you will need to understand chemistry because it relates to fibers both natural and synthetic, vitamins, drugs, fats, protein and carbohydrates. This knowledge will help you when you need to provide treatment to a patient. Know the how and why a particular solvent or solution will work is essential.

In Microbiology you will learn the chemical foundation of microbiology and the different forms microorganisms and how they relate to other organisms. You will delve deeper into the immune system since microbiology teaches about diseases in various parts of the body. Fungus, bacteria and viruses are all heavily taught within this course. Then finally you will learn about vaccines and antimicrobial drugs.

A good foundation in medical mathematics is critical to all those who wish to enter into the field of nursing. You will learn metrics, measurement and apothecary. Conversion is taught, since you will need to know how to convert the proper amount of a liquid or solid to a patient. Basics such as dosage and drug titration are also included. Then of course there is an IV flow rate in which the medical professional must understand the different types of calibration and volume needed to properly administrator the correct drip rate.

Psychology is the study of human behavior. Anyone wishing to enter into the medical field needs to have knowledge of the human mind and how it works. You will learn about psychological disorders, cognition and states of consciousness. Human sexuality and gender development is also taught. In addition, children, adolescent and adult development all make this course. You will gain understanding in how biology relates to psychology in Behavioral Neuroscience. Focus will also be given to personality and intelligence. This course will also look into social psychology and psychological therapies.


In nutrition you will be educated on proper diet based upon an individual's need. You will gain knowledge on the progression of how food is consumed, digested, absorbed, metabolized and finally the excretion process. The course will teach about the different types and functions of nutrients such as macro and micro. Weight control and fitness are also discussed. Topics including issues between multicultural food differences are explained; plus the controversy behind them.

These courses are just the basics that every hopeful nurse can expect to take. The more advanced or specialize you become in your field, the more varied your courses will become.

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