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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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    osmanlove

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I looking for information for help to become a nurse

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    shaquoia

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    yes i have a fa;se personation charge on my record will that affect me becoming a nurse?

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    ANLIMA

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Hello everyone, I have my degree in nursing from Brazil (It's not BSN) and I have worked in the medical field for the past 7 years here in USA. I was wondering if is there any "fast track" program for RN? Can u advise me please?

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    Patti59

    about 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I have worked in the medical field for the past 29 years and am now interested in becoming a LPN.

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    AngelaDawn

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I want to go ahead and get started really soon in becoming a nurse is there any positions available that are entry level til I get my nursing?

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    dtownnana08

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I have a domestic violence on my record how does this affect me wanting to be a RN?

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    isabelnduli

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    hi
    my name is isabel im intrested to be a nurse my problem is i'm not a US Citizen.what should i do?

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    zarina

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Hi, Yes I want to be a Registered RN nurse, but I don't know how long it will take. At the moment I got Nurse Aid Certificate but still want to complete RN courses and become a very moch graduated nurse.
    I would like get to know about my patients feelings and very moch to care about them just like a part of my family.

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    mirtha691

    about 5 years ago

    4 comments

    i love to become a nurse and i like to moch have very care with th pacient and i love see the nurse with the pacientr

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    mirtha691

    about 5 years ago

    4 comments

    i like be a nursing i love that profecionality but i love the patient like my family and i like be the nursing for give the care to the patient

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    tabbybear

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    is were school

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    Rassermere

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    what classes or requierments are needed from high school in order t ostart on the path of becoming a RN

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    mysterysinc

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I graduated from nursing school (LPN) back in 1993 but never took the boards due to a complicated pregnancy. I fully intended on getting back into nursing, but never did. Three kids later and I think it is time.

    I am not sure what I have to do, but started the by calling my former school and requesting a transcript. I am not sure of the procedure, but would like to start with something simple and begin by refreshing my memory with some sort of online schooling, and go from there.

    Are there any programs designed for people coming back into the workforce after a long hiatus? What steps would I need to take in order to start the ball rolling. I do not work, so I have plenty of time, just not a lot of money. Can someone give me some advice.

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    antonio17

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    how long does it take to become a nurse

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    lolalorraine

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I want to recieve a nurses aide certificate so that I can work as a Hospice nurse

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