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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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    mysterysinc

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I graduated from nursing school (LPN) back in 1993 but never took the boards due to a complicated pregnancy. I fully intended on getting back into nursing, but never did. Three kids later and I think it is time.

    I am not sure what I have to do, but started the by calling my former school and requesting a transcript. I am not sure of the procedure, but would like to start with something simple and begin by refreshing my memory with some sort of online schooling, and go from there.

    Are there any programs designed for people coming back into the workforce after a long hiatus? What steps would I need to take in order to start the ball rolling. I do not work, so I have plenty of time, just not a lot of money. Can someone give me some advice.

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    antonio17

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    how long does it take to become a nurse

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    lolalorraine

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I want to recieve a nurses aide certificate so that I can work as a Hospice nurse

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    vijounb

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Hi,

    I would love to become a RN. I laready have a Bsc in the Social Sciences from another country. How do i go about getting answers about this field? How long would it take to do an associate degree full time or part time plus other pertinent questions?

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    kimmer420

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I am a lpn

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    darla248

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    i am only a cerified nurses assistant looking to go on to lpn school trying to work full-time job as a single mother of two girls one at 19 years old going on for her lpn at a community college i atleast wanted to do my prerequistes online getting credits to put towards my lpn. and then go to part-time work(it will be tight for me finacially but want to really become and lpn.)still an active mom with my 9 year old. is there anything i can take online for now until i am able to take night classes.

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    chynasneed127100

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I can onky do online classes because I have to work. To pay bills and etc.

    Camille Sneed

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    lisaannp

    almost 6 years ago

    8 comments

    I have changed careers and am very excited i am currently a CNA HHA and self employed working with a quadrapelgic. She is a wonderful patient. I do have the desire to become a RN soon

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    harrietjb

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    hi am Harriet am intrested in becoming a nurse but i dont know how to go about it.i have a degree already

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    blackberry

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    hi my name is tronza. im interested in become a nurse but i need help start it

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    seinikautai

    almost 6 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

    almost 6 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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