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Learn About Being a Nurse

Learn About Being a Nurse


Considering Nursing?

Nursing is the largest health care profession in the US, with over 2.9 million RNs nationwide. Because nurses are involved in every type of health care need from basic health to acute care, every nurse has followed a specific path of education to become an RN and develop an expertise.

Not sure where you fit? This guide was designed to educate you about our profession and help you identify the path to becoming a nurse that calls to you!

Nursing In America
  • 2.4 million Registered Nurses

  • 92% Percentage of RNs That are Women
  • 624,000 Projected growth in RNs (2002 – 2012)

What do Nurses do?

Although work settings and clinical populations may differ, all nurses are trained to perform the following duties:

Treat patients and alleviate their suffering

Educate patients and families about care and wellness

Provide emotional support to patients’ family members

Record patients’ medical histories and monitor symptoms

Help perform diagnostic tests and medical procedures

Operate medical machinery

Administer treatments and medication

Where do Nurses Work?

Hospitals 56%

Community Health Clinics 14.9%

Ambulatory Care 11.5%

Would You Survive Your 1st Year as a Nurse?

1. What is most important to you?

Making money
Saving lives
Getting great benefits
Being happy
Making a difference

Nursing Homes 6.3%

Nursing Education 2.6%

What Advanced Nursing Careers Are There?

An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) is a global term used for the following specialization areas. All APRNs have a masters degree and met clinical practice requirements for their specialization.

Nurse Practitioner (NP) Nurse practitioners are able to deliver a wide range of primary care, preventive health, and women’s health care services, prescribe medication, and diagnose and treat common minor illnesses and injuries.

Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) Nurse-Midwives provide well-woman gynecological and low-risk obstetrical care.

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Include specialization in treating various physical and mental health problems, and also work in consultation, research, education, and administration.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) Administer more than 65% of anesthetics given to patients annually.

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    over 3 years ago


    i wont to be a nurse im going to school for nursein and i think it is a really great thing to do you help people who are sick or in real bad health it is a real good thing you can save people life

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    over 3 years ago


    please my brother and sister are need your help. I want to be a nurse but I want no all the lessons

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    almost 4 years ago


    Hi i am 21 years old and i already have one 14 month old daughter. I am working on getting my GED and am 75% sure i want to be a nurse but have NO idea where to start. Someone help me i need some guidance. There are trade schools, community colleges, universities!?! I dont know where to start. I want to make the most of my career, help people and support a healthy, happy family Anyone??

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    over 4 years ago


    I need a good nurse to be my good friend so one can send me mail or call me on my fone , i want to be good to evertone that is why I dont hide my identity so u can call m on 00233243972203 or 00233267113234

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    over 4 years ago


    Best website ever! Nursing Link gives so much great advice to prepare my for my interviews at hospitals! And everytime i read something it inspires me more and more to become a nurse. Now only if I can get into a nursing school! I've done everything possibly wise to prepare myself except for my gpa is pretty low from undergrad school that may be holding me back :( Undergrad i was still a lil immature and was more focused on personal growth. And if it weren't for that i wouldn't be where i am today and now i'm more ready and prepared than ever to be a nurse and very mature 25 year old. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Psychology degree May 2009, interned at IDS, volunteered in ER at hospital, volunteer at Hospice, worked as a nursing assistant 4-5 a variety of places with a variety of patients..working w/ dementia, parkinsons, & alzheimers: medical imaging aide experiencing- pediatric, elderly, intensive care unit, mental unit, post op, every area in the hospital i have experienced. I have a great personal statement, skills and experience. I have everything it takes to be an amazing nurse. I am planning on being one in Chicago and am in the process of applying to schools there and hospitals. Any advice would be appreciative :)

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    over 4 years ago


    I've seen this on NursingLink before but re-visited it when I got it in my inbox. I love the way the 10 steps are laid out - and they're dead on it seems. I'm just starting down my BSN (accelerated BSN) road after 3 years of "should I? shouldn't I?" until working as an editor (I'm a journalism major) for an online nursing magazine was the final...confirmation? push? : ) I would add: if you're between steps 1 and 2 (like me!) it's a great idea to expose yourself, as much as possible without hurting anyone ; ), to the pysicality of nursing - volunteer at a hospital/nursing home..something. It also helps when applying to nursing programs, so I've heard. Also I would even consider doing a month or two (if you can) abroad as a volunteer at a care facility, hospital or clinic. There are programs out there (like ProjectsAbroad that I've looked into) that will place people at every stage of their careers (students/professionals/those just looking into the medical/nursing field) in care/medical projects in other parts of the world where volunteer contribution is really needed. Granted, you won't be practicing nursing for some of the more qualification-necessary projects, but it opens up a whole new (and global) perspective toward nursing and there is a much broader level of service you'll be allowed to experience, and perform, since the help is so desperately needed. Just a thought. Thanks NursingLink! : )

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    almost 5 years ago


    I am a RN actualy .Is that I need informacion of what documents I need to work like a telefone triage nurse and ER nurse.The preparacion that I need to work in thoes areas. how much they pay to a RN and a BSN.

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    almost 5 years ago


    Start by checking all R.N. schools in your area. Talk to nurses in the program nearest you. Start taking pre-reqs such as; Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology and all other required classes. Make high grades and keep your GPA high. This will help you get placement into the program. While in R.N. program continue to make the highest grades possible. This will help when you start B.S.N. and Masters programs. Take your time and get a good understanding of the basics. The information all builds upon each other. Be sure to check different schools because they all have different requirements. Go talk to the Head of the Nursing school. There is NO short cut. Just start, make excellent grades, get help when needed. You will be a nurse in no time. It flies by!

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    almost 5 years ago


    i just graduate with an assoicates degree in Medical Assistant and i want to advance my career and become an RN...

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    almost 5 years ago


    i still in high school
    but i dont have the support of anybody
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    i will like to be a proffesional :)

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    almost 5 years ago


    I am 49 years old, I now have the opportunity to go to nursing school, but undecided because of my age. Where do I begin? Help!!!!!

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    about 5 years ago


    I am 20 yrs old!!! I want to learn about RNs in the pedaitrics department?!? What is it like on a daily basis?! ........I want to become a RN so bad!!! My goal right now is to get my CNA =] I am making baby steps to my big dream to help others!!!

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    over 5 years ago


    I am about to turn fifty and want to change my career to something where I can make a difference. I have an associates in business management and thirty years working experience in management. Willing to start - need to know where.

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    over 5 years ago


    I have attended college and high school, but I really care for people who are sick that's why I like Nursing

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    over 5 years ago


    well i kno most of youu are all older and atleast in college already and im new to this but i just need help from someone because im in high school and i wanna become a maternal nurse and i just need a lil motivation from someone i guess -thanks

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