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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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    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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    kimbabe086

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I,ve been a CNA/HHA for nearly 18 yrs. I finally think I have time for myself to become a nurse. Problem is I'm 47, maybe i'm to old. can anyone help? Where do i begin? How i go about getting financial asst and grants? email whiffenk@yahoo.com

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    marypoppins911

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    i just want too be anurse so i can bring more money in my house, are fine a good paying job, and love help people.

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    LuvEvry12death

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Wow thats alot of school..I am 34 and wanting to finally persue my dream in the medical field.I want to become a CRNA. Am I to old now? Honestly. I want this but I'm afraid I'll be in my late 40's by the time I can take the CRNA test..:( I hope it's not to late and to top it off I can only go to school part time cause I'm a father of 3 small children and supporting my family. Is part time going to double my time to become want I want to be. STRESSED out over it.. I love everyone and want to help. Everytime I go to the doctors and hospital for my family I always ADMIRE the whole staff..Doctors, nurses whatever your part in the field is great. But I am a strong beleiver in ALL you nurses that it is you that bring us back to life.. Nurses are the heartbeat of health care.We'd all be worse without a nurse. Confucius say: "Man who want pretty nurse, must be patient." lol

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    SarahBellaRose

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    HI I am currently a journalism student and have recently decided that I would prefer a nursing career instead. I would like to receive a cna, but would like to eventually become an rn. Are there any scholarships available? Thanks newyorkdollface@yahoo.com
    Sarah

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    alexandraSuarez

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Hi my name is Alexandra and I am 20 yrs old. I am already a full-time student at Lee University so I really dont have a flexible schedule. I would like to know if there is a 6month program or something like that, that I can do? Or do you have any other suggestions? you can email me at angelharmony89@yahoo.com. Thank you!

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    anyasaint

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    hi my name is ayanna i'm 18 yrs of age and i will like too become a nurse what should i do email me back at ayannatoussaint@hotmail.com thank you

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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

    almost 6 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

    almost 6 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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