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What to Expect in a Career in Nursing

Nursing is one of the most demanding, yet rewarding careers that anyone can pursue. If you are the kind of person who is patient, kind, compassionate, and loves to help people, then a career in nursing might be right for you.

That said, it is important that you don’t choose a career blindly just from your passion for making a positive impact in society.

What to Expect in a Career in Nursing

Here’s What to Expect in a Career in Nursing:

1. Certification

To become a registered nurse (RN), you must complete an approved nursing program from an accredited nursing school and pass the national licensing exam – the NCLEX-RN. You can work in most states with a valid license from a different state, though some may require you to recertify. If you plan on studying in a different state from where you want to work, please check the requirements.

2. A Fulfilling Job

With a growing demand for nurses in different settings, from hospitals to elderly homes, you can expect to find employment as soon as you finish your training. The high demand for nurses has also pushed up the pay, so you can expect a good salary for your hard work, as well as a significant hiring bonus.

3. New Challenges Everyday

While some people may choose a career in nursing because of the good salaries, this job is not suitable for the faint hearted. No matter the setting, you will be constantly busy and on your feet, often working extra shifts because of the nurse shortages. This job is not only physically demanding, but also emotionally tough as you will often have to deal with patients in great pain, some even debilitated, and bereaved families.

Flexible Career with Many Great Opportunities

Owing the the many challenges faced by nurses, as well as the shortage, many employers offer great work packages to attract and retain nurses. You can enjoy flexible work hours. More importantly, you can choose an area of specialty that appeals to you, including travel nursing, in-home or hospice care, palliative, child, midwifery, etc.

Though some fields may require additional training, you can get paid well to do something that you already love.

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Choosing the Right Nursing College

If you have always wanted to be a nurse, or are looking to change your career path and become a nurse, then enrolling at the right nursing college is one of the best ways to advance your nursing career. However, finding the right nursing school requires a lot of research to identify the ideal program, courses, and environment that will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in this profession.

Choosing the Right Nursing College

Here are a few tips to help you in this process:

Know Your Career Goals

All nursing schools are not equal. While some colleges only offer diploma programs for registered nurses, others offer advanced learning opportunities including a Master of Science in Nursing.

If you are looking to switch your career and have a degree in a different field, then you should find a school that recognizes your training and allows you to reduce your course load.

Keep in mind that you need a minimum of a diploma from an accredited nursing program to work in an entry-level nursing position, and that most programs take about 2-3 years to complete – for Associate Degree in Nursing programs offered by junior and community colleges or nursing diplomas offered by specific hospitals. Bachelor programs take four years to complete.

If you want to work in an administrative capacity, you should consider a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, which provides you with the opportunity to pursue advanced studies – Masters.

Consider Flexible Programs

If you want to join a nursing school right after high school, while you still don’t have any family obligations, you can attend a nursing school anywhere in the country. But if you have to balance between family, work, and other similar responsibilities, you might need to find a nursing school in close proximity.

Identify a few good nursing schools around you, and then check the class schedules for mandatory courses and clinical rotations to determine how you can incorporate them into your own schedule. Check for online classes or flexibility in the class hours

Final Note – Nursing College Accreditation

Keep in mind that each state has distinct licensing requirements for nurses. So make sure that you choose a nursing school and program that satisfies the license requirements in the state you want to practice.

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Upcoming Weekend Classes for Vocational Nursing Program

Vocational Nursing Program

The Nursing Education Program provides students with skills that will afford him or her the opportunity to seek employment in hospitals, clinics, private physicians’ offices, and extended long-term care facilities.

Our weekend classes are starting soon. Please contact the campus you’re interested in if you have any questions.

Learn more about our Vocational Nursing Program »



Classes: Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Lecture: 8am-2pm
Clinicals: 7am-3pm


LOS ANGELES CAMPUS – program starts on August 10, 2017
3325 Wilshire Blvd,
10th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 388-3566

VAN NUYS CAMPUS – program starts on August 24, 2017
5900 Sepulveda Blvd,
Suite 101
Van Nuys, CA 91411
(818) 782-6163

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Marian College Announces 2017 Silver Jubilee Celebration!

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Reserve Your Seat Today for the Silver Jubilee Dinner!

Saturday, February 11, 2017 // 5:30 – 10:30 PM

Please contact Mrs. Lynette Mutia to reserve your seats & for advertisement options: lferro@mariancollege.edu. Or you may call our school to RSVP.

The Jubilee Dinner will be a formal event, requiring a dress code.

Dress code for Gentlemen:
Tuxedo Optional
Black, Dark Grey, or Navy Suit
Conventional Tie
White Dress Shirt
Black Shoes. Oxford or Patent Leather

Dress code for Ladies:
Evening Gown
Ankle or Floor Length Dress
Whatever Shoes Match with Your Dress
A Smile 🙂

Jubilee Dinner Details

  • Music
  • Food
  • Beverages (including Bar)
  • Live Performances
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Chinese Auction

We hope to see you out there! 🙂

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Marian College – Closed for The Holidays!

Thank you for visiting our blog here at Marian College! In lieu of the Holiday season, our offices at both locations (Los Angeles & Van Nuys) will be closed & will re-open on January 3rd, 2017. There will be no open house events for December, but please stay tuned for more open house events beginning 2017.

What’s Going on @ Marian College?

1. Thanksgiving Celebration (at our Los Angeles location)
We had quite the feast this year at our 2016 Thanksgiving celebration!
marian college thanksgiving 2016

2. Annual Christmas Luncheon
Every year our faculty & staff come together for an evening filled with joy, laughter & good times!
marian college christmas luncheon 2016

3. The Popular Mannequin Challenge – Marian Style!
Marian College (performed on site at our Los Angeles location) tries their hand at the popular mannequin challenge that has been going around lately – let us know what you think on our Facebook page. 🙂
marian college mannequin challenge

Taking a Look Back at Our Most Popular Posts in 2016!

Based on feedback gathered from our data – we would like to present to you our Top 3 most shared & visited blog posts of 2016 as we move forward into another year. We encourage you to give them a read if you haven’t already!

1. How to Manage Eating Healthy as a Nurse

2. Top 6 Best Brands for Nursing Scrubs

3. The Hardest Part of Being a Nurse

With that said, the entire staff & faculty here at Marian College would like to wish you a very Happy Holiday Season & a wonderful New Year’s! We’ll see you all next year. 🙂

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Don’t Forget: Marian College Open House November 2016!

We wanted to remind everyone of our Open House dates this week, which may be easily found below.

marian college open house 2016

“Why Should I Visit Open House at Marian College?”
If you’ve noticed, we’ve kept our Open House running once per campus for the last several months because it has been well received. Mainly because it allows aspiring nurse-to-Be’s the opportunity to get a feel for what nursing school is all about. Being a vocational nursing school in Los Angeles, it serves as a great starting point in beginning a career in nursing. Students who visit our Open House events generally leave with the following information:

  • Information on our various vocational nursing programs
  • Nursing school costs – tuition & financing information
  • What to expect on a typical day @ Marian College
  • Admission requirements
  • Class schedules
  • Much more, including meeting new friends with like-minded interests!

Marian College Limited-Time Discounted Tuition!

We also want to remind you of a limited-time special offer that we’re promoting for our 25th Anniversary as an affordable nursing school in Los Angeles. Tuition is being discounted heavily during this time, allowing you the opportunity to receive an excellent start to your nursing career for a very affordable price!

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Marian College 25th Anniversary – Huge Tuition Special Offer!

We’re super excited to announce our upcoming tuition fee reduction as a way to celebrate 25 years of successfully providing vocational nursing programs in Southern California to students from all around the globe. Of course, none of this would be made possible without our wonderful faculty, staff & students – we thank you for being a part of our ever-growing supportive community! 🙂

Starting October – Tuition Fees Reduced by 33% for a Limited Time!
To ring in this milestone, we are reducing our tuition fees by roughly 33% for a limited-time starting October 2016! All of the details may be found below. We encourage you to share the news with friends & family who aspire to begin a career in nursing & take advantage of a incredible opportunity to Become a Marian.

marian college tuition discount

Don’t Forget – Open House Dates for October!

If you or anyone you know might be interested in taking advantage of this discount, then we highly encourage you to visit our campus on our open house dates as a way to get a feel for what Marian College is all about. The information for our next open house dates may be found below.

marian college open house october 2016

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Highlights from Marian College’s Annual Family Day!

Marian College holds a Family Day every year. On this special day as students and their families, instructors and administrators from both the Los Angeles and Van Nuys campuses took a respite from their usual cares, and spent a day complete with food, fun and friendship!

There are games for children and for adults, Karaoke and dance challenge, photo booth, and other fun-filled activities meant to foster a stronger bond among school constituents. Below are some highlights to check out from this year’s Family Day!

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marian college family day 2016

marian college family day 2016

marian college family day 2016

Don’t Miss Our Open House!

If you missed the opportunity to be a part of our Family Day, then we hope to see you next year! Once we have a date established, we’ll let you all know when Family Day 2017 will be held.

In the mean time, we are still running open houses every month at both our Los Angeles and Van Nuys locations! This is a great opportunity to gain valuable information & insight on a career in nursing. Below are the dates and times for our next open house.

marian college open house october 2016

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Marian College Nursing School Open House Dates for September 2016!

For many, school has already begun. For those still considering or trying to get a “feel” for what nursing school is all about – we’re continuing our open house @ Marian College for September! Our open house experience is a great way to gather A LOT of information that you need in order to make an informed decision that you will feel proud about. Even if you don’t decide on Marian College as your nursing school of choice, you’ll still walk away with new information that will give you more direction & insight as you decide on what path to take.

Open House is a Great Way to Connect!

Below is our updated Marian College Open House schedule information for the month of September, 2016. We hope to see you there! And if you know any friends or family considering nursing school, we encourage you to let them know of our open house as a great starting point. You’ll have the opportunity to meet many like-minded individuals with the same career goals!

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3 More Things to Know About Coffee and Your Health

3 things about coffee and healthCoffee’s use is so widespread that we felt the need to address this topic even further. Continuing from our last post on the Top 3 Things to Know About Coffee and Your Health, we want to expand this information to make sure you are aware of coffee’s interaction with the human body, possible side effects that may occur, and why it’s important to moderate your daily consumption.

3 More Things to Know About Coffee and Your Health

4. Caffeine and Cortisol

Ever wondered why most nurses cannot live or start the day without coffee? This has something to do with the body’s cortisol levels. Naturally, cortisol levels are high in the morning because cortisol is responsible for rising and waking in the morning. However, in people who are caffeine addicts, they tend to ingest massive amounts of caffeine at the start of the day which leads not to a high, but a low concentration of cortisol. Then, they start drinking more coffee because they are still feeling sleepy despite the humongous amount they already drank. This is the cycle of caffeine addiction.

Cortisol also has to do with eating. People who have huge surges of cortisol during meals tend to eat a lot, leading to higher body fat, lower muscle mass, and reduced metabolism. They cannot sleep well at night because increased cortisol levels keep them from entering stage 4 of sleep, which is the stage where there is rebuilding and repairing of the cells. This is the part of caffeine that keeps nurses awake during graveyard shifts. Nurses may thank coffee for keeping them up and running, yet everything that is too much for the body would end up harming it.

5. Caffeine and Our Skin

Nurses should be conscious of how they look because this can add to the pleasantness that they can share with their patients. Our skin is the largest organ in our body and the most noticeable, so keeping it fresh and hydrated is a must. However, your all-time favorite caffeine could cause wrinkling and aging because it dehydrates the skin and elevates cortisol levels. A decrease in collagen and elastin production is also found with increased consumption of caffeine, leading to skin aging.

So despite the toxic shift, nurses must never forget to drink lots and lots of water to maintain a healthy and beautiful skin and become more presentable in front of their patients.

6. Caffeine and People

Different people, different reactions to coffee. Not everyone can get used to just one amount of coffee. The amount that is too much for one person can be too little for another. The effect of caffeine varies from one person to another, so there is no perfect amount of coffee for anyone or everyone. Drinking the amount that you consider adequate is recommended, just as long as you recognize what is too much for your health.

In Conclusion

Coffee is one of the greatest stimulants offered and has contributed to more productivity. Also, there have been many studies performed over the years highlighting the benefits of drinking coffee. Just be sure to limit yourself accordingly. If you ever question the amount you’re drinking, chances are you are drinking too much and may want to cut back at least a cup or two.

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