Nursing careers in Miami are on the way up, up, up, and there’s no sign of that trend reversing anytime soon. Maybe now is the time you choose to begin a nursing career in Miami? The application and enrollment process usually only takes a couple of weeks, and you can be practicing in as little as 12-14 months.
Why should you consider nursing school?
- It’s a growing field. Right now, data from www.nursingprocess.org shows pay for nursing positions in Florida with the average registered nurse (RN) salary at $64,890. The highest-paying region is Miami, with an average RN salary of $72,300. Other major metro areas like Tampa ($71,300) and Naples ($68,930) are also above the typical statewide nurse earnings.
- Employment of registered nurses (RN) is projected to grow as much as 7 percent through 2029 with most of these positions in hospitals in metropolitan cities like Miami, Tampa, and Orlando, Florida.
- You can learn and work in various pathways of licensure. Some students choose a 4-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program to earn their Registered Nurse (RN) license, while others start with shorter certification programs like a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program, or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) program.
- Nurses are in demand virtually everywhere and you can find a qualified, professional nursing school in most major cities like Miami.
If those sound like compelling reasons to pursue nursing school then here are several things you should know and do as you prepare to apply to nursing school:
- Learn the enrollment dates: The first thing you will want to learn about a potential nursing school is when classes are offered. Many nursing colleges in the Miami area operate on a rotating schedule that corresponds with “trimesters” with enrollment in January, May and August of each year. Check to be sure the program you want is available at a time you can participate.
- Research the school’s programming: Be sure whatever nursing school you are looking at has the RN, BSN, LPN, or other program you are seeking. Be prepared to ask your own questions during the interview process and prepare yourself for interview questions you will be asked like, “What makes you want to have a career in nursing?” or “Why is now the right time for you to enroll in a nursing program?”
- Know the admissions requirements: Many nursing programs have age requirements that stipulate applicants must be 18 years of age and be high school graduates or have a high school equivalency diploma (GED) or state-issued certificate. You will need to obtain a copy of your official high school transcript, proof of graduation and/or proof of receipt of a GED certificate to prepare for enrollment.
- Look for references: As you begin the process, think about three or four people who might be able to support you in your venture. Most nursing school programs will require at least two letters of reference from teachers or employers to be considered for enrollment. Think about who you can ask right now.
- Practice interview: As you begin thinking about enrolling in a nursing college, consider that a personal interview with an admissions representative is usually required. The interview process will evaluate the student’s ability to complete the requirements of the chosen program, and the interview may take place at any point along the enrollment process.
- Complete a physical: A signed complete health history and physical examination within 3 months of enrollment date may be required, as well as a valid record verifying required immunizations are up to date.
- Prepare for a criminal background check: Your school may ask you to submit to a criminal background check as a requirement for enrollment in a nursing program and clinical experiences. Background checks seek information about the candidate’s prior addresses, national, county or state criminal infractions, motor vehicle and driving records and more. Check with your particular school admissions director to determine how to proceed with the background check.
- Obtain insurance: Professional nurse liability/malpractice insurance may also be required and usually is presented at time of enrollment. Several vendors offer affordable rates; check with your school for their preferred insurance provider.
- Take the TEAS VI exam: All practical nursing and nursing (AS) applicants must pass the TEAS VI exam. The applicant has a maximum of three attempts to pass the TEAS VI exam. There are several free online resources and practice tests from online sources like Quizlet and BoostPrep.
- Schedule a call with your nursing school of choice to learn if you meet the enrollment criteria and get started on your way. The call and consultation are free and there is no obligation to enroll at any school. Be sure to ask your admissions advisor about scholarships or available financial aid as well. Prepare a list of questions before you make the call.
Is it time for you to prepare for a career in nursing? Sovereign School of Nursing in Miami can get you started on the path to your RN or LPN by helping you pass the Florida Board of Nursing Exam (NCLEX).