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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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    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

    2 comments

    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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    wooten

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I want to go to LPN school and I live in Nashville,TN. I only know of two schools Nashville and Hartsville Tech. Does anyone know if there are any hospitals that offer LPN school in the Nashville area.

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    Cassandra4

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    i am 17 years old and i have wanted to become a register nurse for forever, and i have my last year left in school. i want to go to college rigth after school but im not sure what college would be good for me to attend. i want to attend baptish university college.

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    pskordenbrock

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I am a 57 year old widow, who has always wanted to be a nurse. Am I too old to begin training, and where do I get started. The funding for school shouldn't be a problem, I'm just not sure if I'm too old to begin something like this.

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    michellemrukowicz

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I am 51 years old and have associate degree in nursing from Poland. I'm working in medical field as an echosonographer. I like my job but nursing is my passion.Can you help me?

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    mango321

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    i am 48 years old and i always wanted to be a nurse now i need your help i do not know what to do i am a high school graduate but i have being in the medical field for the past 20 years as a medical assistant and my only dream before i die is to become a nurse

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    skogunmokun

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I want to retrain as a Nurse. I have science background and I have been in the Engiineerinig field for about 20 years. I have a passion for the nursing profession now. How do I fit in?

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    kpac38

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    i have a bachelors degree in criminal justice but have recently become very interested in nursing. i dont know what to do thouugh to become a nurse... HELP!?

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    studgirl

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I'M A STAYHOME MOM.I DECIDE TO GO BACK TO STUDY IN NURSING BUT I DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START FOR FINANCIAL SINCE I'M A STAY HOME MOM I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE AN ONLINE COURSE THE PROBLEM IS THE FINANCIAL.wOULD LIKE TO KNOW ANY OPTION LIKE LOAN OR GRANTS??????????????

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