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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.

Kick-Start Your Nursing Career:


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    seinikautai

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    hi my name is Seini. im interested to become a nurse but i dont how to start

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    LndRas31

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Hi I am currently finishing my cma courses & I want to then go right into an LPN program. I'm not sure where to begin can anyone help? Houston, TX

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    jpickey

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Would definately love to become a nurse some day.

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    shaq31

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    i would love to become a nurse but am still in high school am a jr right and am a girl and tht all i think of when gettin out of school is to become a nurse and move myself up to and doctor

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    mayang0824

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    salam to everybody i am maryam from philippines,but recently working in saudi arabia as oncology nurse. i'm planning to take up masters degree, i am a RN, i applied already on line with the university of atlanta, still my paper is in the process of evaluation. Is this university a good one, just trying to get an opinion, thanks

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    mrsrochelle

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    i would love

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    0nlyn1mhDEAF

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    Can deaf become nurse??

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    Account Removed

    almost 6 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

    almost 6 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

    almost 6 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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