Nurse vs. Police Officer
What is the difference in becoming a nurse versus becoming a police officer? In this paper I will be exploring the differences in not only what it takes to become either a nurse or police officer but also what is required of them once they have reached entry level to continue in the field.
The first profession I will explore is nursing. The first step in becoming a nurse is getting accepted into college and completing all of the general education and prerequisite classes that are required to get into a nursing program. Once you have all of that done you must apply to a nursing program and wait to be accepted in. Most nursing programs take about 2-3yrs to complete and you can then graduate with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing and also with about 850 hours of hands on clinical experience. Upon completing the Nursing Program you must take and pass the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX). To practice as an RN in California, you must be licensed by the California State Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) and pass a criminal back ground check. Once all of this is complete you are free to start applying for jobs as a registered nurse. To keep your license up to date all RNs in the State of California are required to complete 30 hours of continuing education every two years. (http://www.rn.ca.gov/careers/steps.shtml).
The basic qualifications for becoming a police officer are: be a U.S citizen, be at least 21 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent education, possess a valid driver’s license, and have no prior convictions. Some departments even require you to have completed some college coursework and a psychological profile. The first stage in training to become a police officer is to complete an academy and get a POST Certificate. Some departments have their own in house academies while smaller departments require that you attend an academy at a community college or through an approved agency. The academy consists...