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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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    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

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    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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    crUmping

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I'm a graduate nursing student, 'm not registered yet as a nurse. But I really do like to become one. I've taking nursing board exams here in my country but unluckily not passing yet. I graduated last 2004 and I feel like being hopeless for still not having passed board exams. I already have a 2 yr old child and I want to start preparing for his future,how can I do that if I'm not licenced yet. Because I failed few times and now wanna know if I would pursue my career as a nurse.. so hopeless this days,.. please help,need advise.

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    cgwife00

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    i would love to become a labor and delivery nurse. After having 3 very premature babies myself and receiving the comforts of all the nurses who cared for me, I would love to do this for other people. I have no idea where to even start!!!!!!!!!

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    Terra

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    Iwan to become a nurse that can work with the little babys but i need help trying to find out
    what college i should go to.and also other bstuff To become the nurse that i want to be so
    i really need ya'll help please help me o find all of that stuff out

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    mariejenkins

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    my son wants to become a nurse... i did not finish school, and i have poor credit.. i can not help him get a loan ...please somone co-sign with my son...............god bless
    (a mom)
    terese
    phone # 1-248-351-0156 thank you

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    mariejenkins

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    i want information on how to be a nurse....or a school local or out of state......please help.......i want to start now.........

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    MICHELEBALTIMORE

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    MY HUSBAND IS A CMA, HE IS NOT WORKING CURRENTLY AND SAY'S HE IS INTERESTED IN BECOMING A RN. HE HAS YET TO TAKE THE NECESSARY STEPS IN BEGINNING HIS EDUCATION. HOW DO I JUMP START HIM? WORRIED WIFE/W MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL XBOX PLAYER.

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    mmayfield6499

    about 6 years ago

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    My closest friends are in the nursing profession, they have strongly advised me that I can excel in this field as well as love it. I currently have a B.S. Degree in Education with minors in Biology, and Exercise Physiology. I really would love to get started into the nursing program. I'm currently a HS teacher looking to get out. I need some advice on getting started

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