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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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    jnolu54

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Good

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    xuanly

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    now I'm a international student in South Puget Sound community college to take nursing program. I want to become a nurse but i don't know how can i get scholarship.

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    dthornton

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I am presently a medical assistant and am interested in becoming a RN. Does anyone know how I can get a scholarship for a nursing scholarship?

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    carolmulungu

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    i want to become a nurse i need help on how i can get a scholarship in nursing program

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    Musician

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    I tried to write to Rue.ed, but the letter came back.
    I wanted to reach them.
    Marilyn Bloch

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    gerdlym2

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I am in a vocational school"ATC" of florida.I am now in the "ELCATE"program.I just need some help,like a scholarship to get me in the nursing program.

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    osmanlove

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I looking for information for help to become a nurse

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    shaquoia

    almost 6 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

    almost 6 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

    almost 6 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

    almost 6 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

    almost 6 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

    almost 6 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

    almost 6 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

    almost 6 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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