Adn Nursing is a training program for future nurses. Adn stands for Allocation of Demand, and this refers to how the nursing and health care markets are structured and funded. Health care needs change over time and there needs to be enough nurses around to meet this demand. The allocation of demand for nurses is done through state programs.
There are a variety of factors that go into determining the allocation of demand for nurses. One of these is the aging of the baby boomer population. As the baby boomers age they are likely to need more hospitalization and in-patient care than previous generations. Another factor is the change in technology, which makes the clinical workflow much easier than it used to be. The other factor is the dramatic increase in the percentage of HMO's and PPO's that are networked with hospitals. This increases the ability for nurses to collaborate across the different types of healthcare settings.
There are some drawbacks to the arrangement of supply and demand. One drawback is that HMO's and PPO's limit the number of nurses that they will approve to work in their network. They also usually require certification by one of their contracted nurses or a degree from an approved university. This can limit the nurse to a certain type of specialization or sometimes even restrict them from a particular specialty entirely.
For nurses without a diploma, there is an abundance of licensed vocational nurses available to fill the need. One option available to nurses with no diploma is to work in a nursing home. Licensed practical nurses come from nursing schools and have either been employed by the nursing home or have been hired from school by a nurse that works in the facility. These nurses will normally have some job training, but will usually have little or no clinical experience. This tends to make them very adaptable to the working environment and can make them one of the cheapest and best places to work.
There are also colleges and universities that provide accredited and nursing programs. These programs usually take approximately two years to complete depending on the amount of coursework that is required. Students must first complete a certified nursing assistant training program at a vocational-nursing school and then work under a registered nurse to complete the associate degree. After completion of the program, students may choose to continue their education by enrolling in a Bachelor of Science program in Nursing at one of the many community colleges in the state. The requirements to enroll in these programs are very strict, and many students find that their desire to become a nurse is not strong enough to withstand the demands of the program.
If you are interested in becoming a nurse, but you don't have a degree, or you simply don't think that you have what it takes to become a nurse, consider online nursing schools. Adn nursing schools provide you with the same type of flexibility that you would get from a campus-based program, but the learning is usually . . . . . . done via the Internet. There are many good college-level nursing schools online that will offer you a solid education in nursing. One of the best colleges in Alaska is the Alaska School of Nursing. They provide all of the resources and hands-on learning that you need to get your degree, as well as allowing you to complete your certification in a shorter period of time than if you attended a local college.