CAREER CHOICES 3Career Choices and Directions: an Issue AnalysisOne purpose of researching this topic is to understand the many options available tonurses throughout their careers. Nursing can begin at different levels of education: LicensedPractical nurses (LPN), Associate¶s degree nurses (ADN), Bachelor¶s degree nurses (BSN), or Advanced Practice Nurses (APN). The options from the LPN level to the APN level are many.There are choices from clinical nursing jobs, to research nursing careers, to nursing education positions, to leadership or management positions. Nurses can work in politics, administration, patient care, public health, and long-term care. Finding the right path for each individual nursecan be difficult. And choosing the wrong path can be detrimental.The real issue at hand is, ³How does career planning impact the field of nursing?´ Manynurses choose to leave the field after obtaining their degree and working for only one year (Murphy and Sherman, 2010). There are several issues in the healthcare field right now. Oneissue is the nursing shortage. It has been shown that those who plan out their careers and have agoal and plan to obtain that goal find that they are more satisfied with their jobs (Donner et al.,2004). This issue can affect nurses at all levels. It¶s also a topic of interest for nursing students,or any student considering nursing. If having a career plan and goal can help a nurse to be moresatisfied, and more productive then, this concept could impact healthcare as a whole.³According to the International Council of Nurses (ICN) career development is a major contributing factor in the advancement of health systems and the nursing profession worldwide,and is directly linked to the maintenance of high quality care delivery´ (McGillis andBloomberg, 2008).