There are two levels in nursing, Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). RNs, regardless of specialty or work setting, perform basic duties that include treating patients, educating patients and the public about various medical conditions, and providing advice and emotional support to patients’ family members. RNs record patients’ medical histories and symptoms, help to perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, operate medical machinery, administer treatment and medications, and help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation. RNs may also specialize by work setting or by type of care provided
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) care for the sick, injured, convalescent, and disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. Most LPNs provide basic bedside care, taking vital signs such as temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration. They also prepare and give injections and enemas, monitor catheters, apply dressings, treat bedsores, and give alcohol rubs and massages. LPNs monitor their patients and report adverse reactions to medications or treatments. They collect samples for testing, perform routine laboratory tests, feed patients, and record food and fluid intake and output. To help keep patients comfortable, LPNs assist with bathing, dressing, and personal hygiene.
Most practical nursing programs last about 1 year and include both classroom study and supervised clinical practice (patient care). Registered nursing programs can be found at community colleges (Associate Degree) or universities (Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing - BSN). RNs with an associate degree are eligable to enter a degree competion program (RN - BSN) in order to complete a bachelor's degree.
Northeastern does not have a Nursing Program. However, many students attend Northeastern to obtain the pre-requisites necessary to apply to nursing programs at community colleges or four-year universities.
This differs at every college. Contact you intended transfer institution for the most accurate list of program pre-requisites.
- Anatomy and Physiolgy I and II
- Inorganic chemistry I and II
- Organic Chemistry I
- Human growth and Development
- English I and II
- College Level Math