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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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    margeaux

    about 6 years ago

    18 comments

    Does anyone know if there are any colleges that offer online classes to becoming an LVN?

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    jevans

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I am 36 years old and have always wanted to become a nurse. Now that my daughter is 18 I am ready to move forward. I am a 2 yr breast cancer survivor. My nurse's are encouraging me to attend the community college nursing program. My fear is math was not a good subject for me in high school. Since I have been out of school for eighteen years. I am worried that I won't do well on the placement test. Any suggestions?

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    lovechezter

    about 6 years ago

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    Hi! I'm Gladys. I'm a graduate nursing student last October 2007. I'm not a registered nurse yet because i just took up the nursing board exam last June 2008. I hope i pass the exam because I really like to become a nurse. I want to become a DR nurse because I love to assist in delivering a baby and i love baby too but i dont where to start to or work to. so please help me.

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    taneiros

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I did my LPN program in 2000 in Union County College in New Jersey, The only reason I did not get my degree was because I was missing an Algebra class, so the college refuse to allow me to graduated without that class, then I moved to Florida I have tried to finish here but I was told I had to start all over my nursing, is that true? Can I finish on line. I have been working as a Medical Assistant for many years.So I have remained inj the field all this time. Please help.

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    YAMIRKAECHAVARRIA

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    HI my name is yamirka I am a doctor Iarrived at miami last year I want to study RN HOW can I GET IT .MY E MAILeyamirka@yahoo.com

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    YAMIRKAECHAVARRIA

    about 6 years ago

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    yo soy medico de cuba al llegar a miami tome unos repasos para nursing assistant pero aun no he tomado el examen de talahasse y deseo hacer rn

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    Winandy

    about 6 years ago

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    Hi, am interested in becoming a nurse,am a Banking and finance student and have really wanted to be a nurse its been my desire from child hood please help me.
    Winnie from Zambia.winniemanyanshi@yahoo.com

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    amandamullins

    about 6 years ago

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    Hello. Im 17 and im currently in high school.I am wanting to be an RN for out Patient surgery.. I was wonder if anyone knew what classes i should take to know what to expect in Nursing school. Thanks! Email me at amandamullins@ymail.com

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    oreoswifey

    about 6 years ago

    12 comments

    I want to become a cna and i dont know how to get started does anyone know how to?

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    shaline1

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    ok i under stand it i want the job .

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    Donna01

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I am interested in becoming a CMA but dont know where to start. I really need some help please. What should i do first?

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    clementlemmy

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    hullo....my name is clement from uganda east africa ,am a graduate teacher of history and religous studies. i just finished in febuary. however i want to change in to nursing profession whcih i have been dreading for a long time but has not got an opportunity to jaoin. now i am hoping to do what ever it takes to become...may be work in the states ...or any where...but i need help in finances and money. you can connect with me on. clementlemmy@gmail.com

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    neka

    about 6 years ago

    6 comments

    hi, im a nursing student who resides in Jamaica. I just passed my exam in order for me to be a registered nurse, however, im interested in working in the U.S. So can anyone help me with information on the requirements to do the state board exam ((NCLEX). Thank u. My email address is saniquecole@yahoo.com. Thank u very much.

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    jacquelinewanjiru

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Hi, I'd greatly like to be a nurse but i lack finances. Can I find scholarships and how can I access them?Please help me.Thank you

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    putus_1583

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    i wanted to become a nurse at the age of 16 i also work as a dental nurse with a lot of dental suorgen but i think that is not enough i want to get in nursing but i dont know which area i want to go in i wish someone could tell me more about the nursing course and my biggest problem is the money but i also say i would like to go to the hospital in (usa) that train persons to be nurse and after that i would then start to work there but my problem is the money is there someone out there would can be willing to help me please im asking , thank you.

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