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10 Steps to Becoming a Nurse

10 Steps to Becoming a Nurse

Beth Anderson, RN

Do you want to become a nurse but don’t know where to start out? This 10-step guide will help you find your way. You’ll learn about the nursing profession, find out about the educational requirements and certifications, and get tips on how to survive your first year as a nurse. This guide is meant for prospective, current, and second career nurses – everyone can use this valuable information!

Click on the links below to access a comprehensive description for each step.

Step 1: Learn Everything You Can About The Nursing Profession

Step 2: Find Your Path to The RN Title

Step 3: Choose the Nursing School That Fits You

Step 4: Get into the School of Your Choice

Step 5: Survive Nursing School

Step 6: Decide on a Nursing Specialty

Step 7: Pass the NCLEX

Step 8: Consider Possibilities for Your First Job

Step 9: Get Hired

Step 10: Get Prepared For Your First Year As A Nurse

Still have questions? Check in with the pros and compare notes with students in our Student Lounge forum.

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    jimb4522

    over 3 years ago

    18 comments

    These are definitely great steps to follow to be a nurse. There is so much that goes into being a nurse. There is a lot of education that you need and some hard work. It will pay off in the long run.
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    JimmyTT82

    over 3 years ago

    16 comments

    My sister is a nurse and I know how hard it was for her while in medical school. I bet that not many people can endure that much and not that many have a learning capacity which can cope with he volume of information required in medical school.

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    GiaGia

    over 3 years ago

    4 comments

    Being a nurse is a really tough job and I just with that more people would realize that. Maybe people should read the article here. I for one understand very well how hard is to have this job which is not exactly a job: it's more like a vocation.

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    VeronicaMills

    over 3 years ago

    4 comments

    I guess that any job has its own training period and schedule. Some of course require more initial training than others, for example a nurse. But I remember reading on a blog that you need to do a certain thing for 10,000 hours before becoming a master at that. Initial basic training doesn't cover that, but experience over the years. If you analyze long term learning, being a nurse could probably be as hard as learning to play winning hands of poker. You never know how hard is one thing until you want to master it.

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    over 3 years ago

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    over 4 years ago

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    over 4 years ago

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    over 4 years ago

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    over 4 years ago

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    ebradd

    over 4 years ago

    18 comments

    i cant wait untill i am a nurse

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    jblpn40

    almost 5 years ago

    6 comments

    Why is it anyone that has a degree in anything other then the medical field can retain their RN quicker then someone that is in the medical field like an LPN. I have nothing against anyone with a degree,I think that is great,but when it comes to an LPN its so hard for them to get into school now.What is the deal with that,its like its no help for us out there.

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    keila13

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Thank you so much for this information, this makes me want to obtain a position in nursing even more.

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