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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

    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 7 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

    about 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

    about 6 years ago

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    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

    about 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

    about 6 years ago

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    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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    neuiler

    about 6 years ago

    8 comments

    Hello ! I have been an lpn for several years and i really want to become an RN . I have looked and searched several colleges but really don't know where i should begin plus i need to work to be able to take care of my five children. I know i can do it because i made it through lpn school .I am starting to get frustrated because it just seems like i am never gonna make it .if there are any suggestions .please write me back. and thanks in advance for your advice and time.

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    ma7ami7o4832

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    hello! i really want to ba a registerd nurse but how can i. i if im here rigth now working as Nursing Assistant in Al khobar. I really wanted to be RN.how can u help me. my course was clinical nursing same as LVN course. I already had my application last year in your company in
    Dubai for NClex review.

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    GloriaR561

    about 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 contact me through my email at Almodob1@aol.com

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    sunshine1960

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I would to be a nurse because I love helping peoples

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    monsidecuba

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Please
    Could anybody tell me where to go and what to do to reevaluate my registered nurse certificate from Cuba. I came in July 4th this year, and i dont know anything about this. i live in Greenacres, Palm Beach. I graduated from RN in Havana City in 1997.
    My mail is rajegove@yahoo.es

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    sitihazwani

    about 6 years ago

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    Dear...i am now is a student nurse in one of colleage in malaysia, i'am not very sure with my nursing diagnosis,it diffuclt to do.... plz help me....
    siti.....email sitihazwanihazwani@yahoo.com

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    fanala1

    about 6 years ago

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    Hi Margeaux,

    I think if you search this site you should find programs that allow you to do nursing online, as well as possible scholarships. You may also want to contact the CA Board of Nursing to find out if they have a list of approved online schools (they may not approve of all online programs). Once you find a program, that works with your schedule and budget, you should find out from them how the clinical portion is done. If they say you have to arrange the clinical portion with an area hospital, please make sure to contact the local hospitals to see which one will allow you to do the clinical portion of the course before you sign up with the online program. Before you look for an out-of-state school though, you may want to check http://www.cccco.edu/ which has a list of community colleges in CA with links to each college that you can check to see which one offers the nursing degree online. Good luck!

    fanala1

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    fanala1

    about 6 years ago

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    Hi Taneiros,

    I took my exam in 1985 and am currently a non-practicing LPN in NJ (working on changing this though). Regarding not being allowed to graduate from Union County College (UCC) because you were missing an algebra class, you may want to consider contacting UCC to find out if they'll allow you to graduate once you take the algebra course. You should also contact the Nursing Department to find out if they'll allow you to graduate from the Nursing Program as you might need a separate approval from that department since it's been eight years since you were in the program. If the Nursing Program says no, but the school says yes, you can transfer what you took at UCC to FL and not have to retake everything. If you receive approval from the Nursing Program, then you should find out if NCLEX allows you to take the test for more than one state. If it does, then you may want to consider taking the test for both NJ and FL. If you prefer not to take the test for both states, you should find out if there's reciprocity between NJ and FL. In other words, if you pass your NCLEX in NJ, is it transferable to FL. If it's transferable then it's worth flying down here for the NCLEX rather than redoing the nursing program in FL. If it's not transferable it may just be a matter of taking one or two additional courses in FL. Again, it would be worth taking the trip so as not to redo the entire program in FL. The first step is though is to contact UCC to find out if they'll allow you to graduate from the nursing program if you take the one missing course, and if you'll be able to take the NCLEX once you take the one remaining course. If UCC gives you the green light on this, then you should contact the FL Board of Nursing to find out what you need to do to transfer. The thing is not to give up. You're currently working as a Medical Assistant, which has allowed you to remain in the field. You should still have your nursing books which you can use to start brushing up on terminology, pharmacology, etc while taking algebra online. There are also the resources found at the library and places that offer nursing refresher. You still have time to make the transition from Medical Assistant to RN, just don't let too much more time go by. So... 1-contact UCC Advisors and Nursing Program to confirm graduation approval once you take the algebra course; 2-find out if you can take NCLEX for both NJ and FL; 3-contact FL Board of Nursing to find out what needs to be done to do a transfer (if you can't take NCLEX for both states). I wish you the best of luck and hope you don't give up.

    fanala1

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