Nurses are our global healthcare heroes. Nurses are in demand everywhere to care for patients during the Covid-19 global pandemic. They are the invaluable front-line workers of every healthcare team.

2020 named the Year of the Nurse

2020 has been named the International Year of Nursing by the declaration of the World Health Organization (WHO). The Year of the Nurse declaration spotlights a global look at nursing, highlights the need to increase the nursing workforce worldwide, and celebrates the accomplishments of nursing professionals.

A tradition of healthcare heroes

This Year of the Nurse dedication was set for the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. Nightingale (1820-1910) was a great nursing leader, a writer of nursing texts, and is considered to be the pioneer of modern nursing. Nightingale is credited with organizing and popularizing the profession of nursing. Instead of just paying tribute to Nightingale and nursing’s history, the timing of this annual recognition also recognizes the present and future of nursing. This tribute pays homage to the tremendous, tireless work of all nurses globally in 2020.

Present day nursing during the Covid-19 pandemic

We are living in the historic time of the Covid-19 pandemic. We are not sure of the course that the virus will take or how long this global event will last. We do know that nurses are urgently needed now to care for patients. While we don’t know the exact changes to come in the post-pandemic world, we do know that nurses will continue to be vital to the healthcare industry.

Setting a path to the future

Nursing careers are the future of healthcare and millions more nurses are needed. Nurses and midwives currently make up the majority of healthcare heroes; they number more than half the healthcare workforce worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that this year there will be a global shortage of nearly 9 million nurses. This tremendous number, 9 million more nurses, is needed in order to achieve worldwide, universal health coverage by 2030.

The difference RNs and LVNs

In the American system of nursing, there are different kinds of nurses. There are registered nurses (RNs) and Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs). You may have heard or seen LVNs referred to as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) in other parts of the country. LVN and LPN can be used interchangeably to describe the same nursing position. Generally, both perform the same tasks and have the same educational and licensing requirements. The difference between the two terms and acronyms depends on which state the nurse is practicing in. Nurses in the state of California, Texas, and Vermont are called LVNs, while all other states in the United States call them LPNs.

LVNs care for patients

Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) are an essential part of the healthcare team. LVNs are front-line workers who help provide basic medical care for patients under the supervision of registered nurses (RNs) and doctors.

Where do LVNs work?
LVNs rewarded with skilled nursing facility hero awards

The California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) has announced the launch of the Skilled Nursing Facility Hero Awards, a one-time $500 stipend for licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) and certified nurse assistants (CNAs) that are currently working in a skilled nursing facility. The stipends, which will be provided to the first 50,000 qualified applicants, are made possible thanks to a $25 million financial donation from Facebook. LVNs and CNAs may sign up online at Heroawards.oshpd.ca.gov.

LVN job growth

According to O*NET OnLine, the projected job growth for LVNs/LPNs is 11 percent through 2028, higher than average for other jobs. In California, the need is even greater, with 17 percent projected job growth for LVNs. These projections were made before the Covid-19 global pandemic began and do not take the current crisis into account.

Learn from the healthcare heroes at Summit College

At Summit College, you get to learn from healthcare heroes. The highly trained faculty will be there to guide you in accomplishing your goal of becoming a trusted LVN. Our entire school is deeply invested in challenging and supporting students with a well-rounded education that blends theoretical and hands-on training.

At the end of our LVN program, students will be ready to begin their careers in the burgeoning and gratifying field of healthcare. Students learn how to provide their future patients with the excellent care they deserve.

Summit College’s Licensed Vocational Nursing program is one of the largest LVN programs in California and is accredited by the California Board of Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians.

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Celebrate 2020 by starting your future today

2020 can be your year to begin Summit College’s high-quality LVN program! Summit College offers students the individual attention needed to equip them with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the nursing profession in California.

Summit College offers both full-time and part-time enrollment in its LVN program, providing students with flexibility around their busy lives. The full-time program offers classes during the day and can be completed in 12 months. The part-time program offers classes during evenings and weekends to accommodate students who work other jobs. Students in the part-time program complete it in 18 months.

Declare 2020 your personal “year of nursing” and work toward becoming a healthcare hero. You could become a nurse in as few as 12 months! To learn more about our program, visit us at https://summitcollege.edu/programs/allied-health/licensed-vocational-nurse/.