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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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    BethRNCNOR

    almost 5 years ago

    30 comments

    great information for anyone considering a nursing career.

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    linh2o2mn

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Information that " Some American organizations want to increase quantity of nurse in their country in the future, so they will support to oversea students by aid finance when oversea students travel to USA to study in the Nursing profession"

    Can you confirm this information is true or not? thanks

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    K123G4590

    about 5 years ago

    30 comments

    I have Associate Degree ( as put in the States) for I am a foriegn graduate . I only want a revission
    and take NCLEX .If there are shortages her I am , i have worked in Europian countries and
    here I need your help. Thank you

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    lila1114

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    aww man being a nurse takes some work

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    chriseliff

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    This web site has soo much great information, Thanks!!

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    Account Removed

    over 5 years ago

    Well that's it I made my mind up to finally go back to school at the age of 27 to become a RN. I'm already part of the medical field I went to school for certified nursing assistant but i let my certification expire to go to school for medical assistant I graduated from there now I'm a medical assistant still looking for work in Atlanta Ga. To work in the medical field is my passion It's not even about the money for me It's just something that's deep down in me for me to care for people or children who need it and I'm not going to stop until I get in there so I start school in January since I missed fall registration. But before i start I really want to be working In the medical field now so I can work and go to school. Can any one give me some suggestions please? email me at shataun00@ymail.com thank you

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    josefh

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    hi newly graduate here...of BSN I'am willing to undergo training.. as a nursing aide i can function as a nurse is there anyone can help to find work in nursing home i'd look to work there i have passion in caring email me please joseph_samson08@yahoo.com thank you

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    mcchesney

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    How do I become a "specialized" nurse? I should have my RN in 18 months and I want to be a pediatric specialty nurse. My 12 year old has Type 1 one he inspired me to help other families. I want to work outside the hospital setting and help families that are sent home to "do it on their own". I was one of those moms and I hated the loneliness... Is this something anyone has heard of or am I spinning my wheels.

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    mivisha

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    i want to know more about nursing institute near ship bottom nj

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    brooketini

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    ok so i did some reading on this site, btw so very helpful. Accept that Im not understanding if I have to become an lpn or just get a two year associates. I foundsome schools to attend but unless you have a lpn/lpv license you do not qualify. Please help me understand this a little better. And then I can move forward soon.

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    brooketini

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    i am a mom of three and married. i have worked as as ales consultant for seven years but my time doing this is over. so now that my kids are all going to be in school soon, i would like to persue a nursing career i should have done years ago. can somebody please lead me in the right direction. what i have gathered is going to school for two years acquiring an associates and taking the state exam, that easy huh? where do i begin, just some different ideas would be helpful. thank you

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    jsnyder0704

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    I have pretty much had the battle of a lifetime the past 4 years becoming a nurse. I graduated HS and went to a community college that offered an ASN and LPN. I finished my pre-reqs in 3 semesters and applied and was accepted into theLPN prgrm. 3 days before the end of my first semester I got into a serious car accident that disabled me from taking finals. they wrote off my whole semester of work at made me retake it. I did and they failed me by .06% in pharmacology. I am in the process of transferring to a christian college and they require a 2.5 to be accepted and after getting a D in pharm my GPA is 2.44. I am still .06% too low for their nsg program. I am going tomorrow to take the NLN tests to test out of the first semester so I dont have to do it a 3rd time, but I still have to raise my GPA by .06% bym August 25th. Ha. Ive been a CNA for 5 years (since I was 16) and am now 21...Just lost my job as a pediatric nurse assistant and a local hospital and feel that this profession just doesn't want me. Its brutal. Nurses are bitches because they think that since they finally completed their degree anyone else is a peon. I sometimes think that since my journey has been so difficult I might end up being a little moody muself. I need to keep my head up and keep fighting the battle but at times I do questions myself and wonder why it is such a hassle when WE NEED NURSES SO BAD! I could walk into a hospital right now and perform every essential function as an RN confidently I assure you. Programs are bullshit, nursing is in your heart and life/work experience.

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    torecc01

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    what do i do or where can i apply if I failed out of nursing school the first time and now have alot of regret?

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    AmbitiousFutureRN

    over 5 years ago

    52 comments

    The only thing Im REALLY worried about is finding a job when Im done with school. Seems like people these days want people with experience. Im going to have my BSN in 2 or 3 years. Why do pre-reqs take forever??????

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    love_tonya

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    i have worked in the healthcare field for 19yrs total. i have been a nurse for 9yrs. i have no regrets and enjoy knowing i have helped people throughout my career

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