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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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    Account Removed

    over 5 years ago

    I spoke with the State Board of Georgia this week. There are NO online programs accepted by the board.

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    surapong

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    hi..i want to know how to get online courses for rn, i have almost 2 yrs pre-med in college in 1977 at lee college, cumberland college in ky. but have to quited for some financial reason, and would like to pick up in nursing job. what i have to do next. i would like to home study on line...thank you. ....my email.....surapong54@hotmail.com.. your advise will be appreciate..

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    praise

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    am contemplating going into nursing in nj but donot know where to start i.e either LPN, CNA OR BN .plsenlightenme better.

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    Emmi

    almost 6 years ago

    8 comments

    hi my names is Gulsara I'am still student in high school
    I'm really interested becoming a nursing
    I'll graduating in 2010 high school
    i wanna get information how can ia become a nurse

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    ruzbad

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    my name is rose genodia and i am interested in working in hospital.. I have a degree BSN, RN from the philippines.. I am a newly graduate and bord passer.. i want to work in hospital.

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    Maricarmen

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Hello,
    My name is Maricarmen Valentin and I want to be a LPN or RN but I don't know where to take the career in my area. I'm livining in Huntington, Long Island. If somebody can help me. sweetcanela37@hotmail.com

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    jenzbenz

    almost 6 years ago

    12 comments

    Hey,
    My name is Jennifer. I am very interested in becoming a RN. I do not where to start. I was told by someone that I have to start out as a medical assistant. Is that true? I would like it very much if anyone could help me. rjbarrett795@verizon.net

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    joycesika25

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    i have a degree in psychology and want to do degree nursing where do i start from?

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    Account Removed

    almost 6 years ago

    Hi my name is Quaniecia Hollis I'm very interested in futhering my education to becoming a RN and later on becoming a CRNA. I'm taking opinons and advice from all with experience that can steer me in the right direction on what I should do to make this happen. I have 2 children and a job so i need some guidance on which route I should take. Thank you and God bless

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    ScorpionJaden

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Hello, Todd here.. I am 38 years old, working in a local clinic. Long-time interest in being an RN LPN or LVN NEED NEED NEED to do online classes only (need to work to maintain life, lol) ANybody know of anything? Thanks! Please respond to ScorpionJaden at Yahoo com

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    tcastellanos

    almost 6 years ago

    10 comments

    hi my name is tammy i am taking ma classes im very intersted on becoming a RN it really draws my attention please let me knkow how i would go about doing that im very interested.....thank u and have a good day..

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    asma

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    hello i want to become a register nurse how can i do that i want to get my degree online can anyone help give me one chance and help me

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    gleebaker

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I have a BSN RN degree from Philippines (batch '89). I used to work as a NICU nurse in Saudi Arabia then I met my american husband and got married in 1997 and that ended my career- We decided to have a family so I stayed home and raised three beautiful boys. We got back here in the US from Philippines about five years ago- I see the demand for nursing is huge- I would love to go back and work again but what should I do? I have all my credentials and document- Where should I go to have my credentials evaluated? Do I need to go take a refresher course since it's been about ten years that I didn't work in a hospital? I work part time as HHA for over two years now with two ventilated patients. I love nursing and Iam good at it. Please enlighten me. :)

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    cat88

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    i just turned 60 and finally am free to go back to school! Began studying years ago to become an rn. Still have a desire to be a nurse and work at least as a backup and help with the shortage. Is any one else out there in the same boat?

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    Athena

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I am seriously looking into becoming a nurse, and I am gong to be starting class to become a vocational nurse. I had a couple of questions that I was hoping someone could help me with. Frst what is it that I do after I vecome a vocational nurse? And second, does having an immune system problem effect you becoming a nurse? See I have psorias and the whole getting sick from people thing because of an immune system problem does not bother me, I am more wondering if my skinwill be a problem.

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