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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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    about 6 years ago


    I feel so blessed to have found this website.I am a 47 yr. old single mother with big dreams and I'm going to be a nurse! I have been a caregiver for the last 12 yrs. I did a crazy thing and let my CNA license lapse, although I know within my spirit I'm supposed to be a nurse. My goal is to be a Midwife and deliver healthy babies at home. The thing is I don't know where to start. I also need help with tuition. Please help!

  • El_matador_max50


    about 6 years ago


    In intrested in becoming an RN but some people tell me that is better to become an LVN first then an RN. Right now im the bread winner from the house my husband is at school and he finishes in june 2009. So after he starts to work i would like to go back to school but i want to know if the mean time should i go to college to get my math and english out the way or wait if some one could help me decide . thanks

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    about 6 years ago


    I just got into the pre-nursing program in MT. Now, i feel that i just want to start taking the real classes that are towards an RN. The nursinglink website has helped alot. i try to read some articles each day of what it takes to become an RN. Thx

  • Mepic_max50


    about 6 years ago


    I disovered my passion for nursing after I started caring for my chronically ill son. It's the first time I really knew what I wanted to do. Now that my son is doing better (EndStage Renal Disease) after recieving a transplant...I am ready to get to it!!! Where do I start?? I was taking classes at home at Univ. of Phoenix...but that turned out to be be the wrong start. I only have home experience..about 5 years of patient home care...and nothing else. I'd like to work at a hospital while getting my prereqs...but how?

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    about 6 years ago


    I am 32 years old and really have enjoyed the administrative part of being in the healthcare industry, but it is my dream to become and nurse and possibly even a doctor. I really am making a big decision, but I am ready for this journey.

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    over 6 years ago


    I would love to become a nurse, because ever since a child I loved helping others. I am a graduated student from William Allen here in Allentown,I also went to LCTI and took health Occupations. I went to Fellowship Manor for clinical and at the same time for my graduation project. It was a great Experience helping other Residents and performing hands on. I was also apart of the skills USA Competition and place Second place for Medical Assistance. I would really love to be apart of a team in the Medical Field someday be it working for kids or any type of people but I would really love to work with kids.

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    over 6 years ago


    i have decided to become a nurse and have applied at my local community college. it is my understanding that 2 yr nurses do just as well as 4 yr nurses; is this correct? any tips or advice?

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    over 6 years ago


    I work as a CNA I really do love working with the elderly and I want to get my RN, how hard is the math and With me having only a GED about how long do you think it will take for me to get into the program? I would really love to hear back from someone who entered in with a GED.

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    over 6 years ago


    I attended college & didn't married, had kids & now I'm ready for a career! Would like some info on how to pay for school & where to look for "good" nursing schools.

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    over 6 years ago


    Ever since i was a little girl my dream was to be a hero like wonderwomen, but i know that being wonderwomen is impossible. Yet i found a profession where i am able to help and provide care to patients. Reading this article gave me an assurance that nursing is for me.

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    over 6 years ago


    Great article for people who aren't quite sure if nursing is for them. I know I want to be a nuse for sure! I wanted to be a veterinarian for years until my junior year in high school where I got the opportunity to take a Medical First Responder course, and I was also able to job shadow a veterinarian for an entire month and a nurse dor 3 days, and after my clinicals for MFR, I decided that I loved working with people. Now I am a PCA (patient care associate) so I get to work along side nurses to provide patient care. I clean patients, assist in ambulation, draw blood, perform IV starts, feed patients and so much more. The nursining field is perfect for me and this article helps confirm my goal even more!

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    over 6 years ago


    I am 32 and considering to go back to school for medicine. I am basically starting from the beginning and considering becoming an R.N. I am also thinking of becoming a doctor and would really love someone to give me advice on this matter. What steps do I need to take to go through this process and long will it take. Thank you

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    over 6 years ago


    i do not have any prio nursing educational background or experience but i currently work as a caregiver with a health care facility and i want to become a nurse. what is the best way to start?

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    over 6 years ago


    I've just graduated college with a B.A. in psychology and i have been considering nursing as a profession, how would i now go about becoming a registered nurse?

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    over 6 years ago


    I have worked with adults with disabilities for more than 20 years. I attended an ADN program while working 30 hours/week during the last 4 years. I graduated in May 2008. I passed the NCLEX last week! I am now looking for an entry level RN position. Most of the nurses I met during clinicals suggested getting 1-2 years of med-surg experience as a new graduate.

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