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Nursing careers

Job types

The goal of Allina Health is to lead the way toward the best possible care for individual patients. In a nursing career, you'll play a critical role caring for patients from beginning to end-of-life at one of our clinics, hospitals or specialty care services.

  • Certified nursing assistant (CNA) helps patients with eating, dressing, bathing, exercising, and walking. Nursing assistants clean rooms and change beds. They work under the direction of nurses and doctors. Salaries for CNAs vary. See U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.
  • Certified medical assistant (CMA) takes medical histories and record patients' weight, pulse rate, blood pressure, and other vital signs. They explain treatments to patients and prepare them for the exam. CMAs help the doctor during the exam by handing the doctor materials and preparing medications. Salaries for CMAs vary. See U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.
  • Licensed practical nurse (LPN) works under the direction of a doctor or registered nurse. Most LPNs provide basic care to patients. They answer patients' calls and take vital signs such as temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration. Salaries for LPNs vary. See U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.
  • Registered nurse (RN) works to promote health and to help patients cope with illness. Nurses work with patients in hospitals, in doctors' offices, and in nursing homes. They work in public health facilities such as government agencies and schools. They also take care of patients in their homes as they recover from illness or accidents. Nurses have a large variety of tasks they can perform. However, the work setting usually determines their daily duties. Salaries vary for RNs. See U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.
  • Advanced practice nurse serves as primary and specialty care providers, providing a blend of nursing and health care services to patients and families. Full-time, entry level salary is approximately $85,000 per year.

Education

  • Certified nursing assistant (CNA) requires a high school (HS) diploma or GED, successful completion of nursing assistant program or RN/LPN student with 1 semester of clinical experience in school.
  • Certified medical assistant (CMA) requires certification by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).
  • Licensed practical nurse (LPN) requires a degree from a practical nursing program.
  • Registered nurse (RN) requires an associate degree in nursing (ADN), a bachelor's negree in nursing (BSN or BAN), post-baccalaureate degree in nursing, or master's in nursing (MN).
  • Advanced practice nurse requires RN license, master's (MSN), or doctorate degree (DNP) in nursing, and nurse practitioner (NP) or clinical nurse specialist (CNS) certification.

Choosing a BSN or graduate nursing program

Programs offered in Minnesota and Wisconsin

Certified nursing assistant (CNA):

Certified medical assistant (CMA):

Licensed practical nurse (LPN):

Registered nurse (RN):

Please note: All new RN graduate hires at Allina Health must have attended an accredited school (by The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (part of American Association of Colleges of Nursing) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing) with clinical rotations as part of their program.

Advanced practice nursing programs for nurse practitioners:

Advanced practice nursing programs for clinical nurse specialists:

Nursing students and recent graduates