Becoming an RN: Your Questions Answered

I wanted to take a minute to discuss this video on becoming an RN. The video itself covers a lot of ground, and easily stands on its own if you’re looking at starting an advanced nursing career, but there are a few points worth taking a look at here in writing, too.

The most important aspect covered in the video from the point of view of those considering a career change or advancement opportunity is demand. Nurses in general, and Registered Nurses specifically, make up the single largest group of health care providers out there. RNs significantly outnumber doctors, specialists, and administrative staff, to a large degree because it is nurses who provide around the clock direct care to patients in hospitals, Psychiatric facilities, nursing homes, hospices, and assisted living centers around the world. Demand for nurses is growing, and is expected to continue to do so – a point made here in the video, and a critical one for those considering the path for their life’s work. In this respect, becoming an RN makes good financial sense.
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Registered Nurse Requirements: Prerequisites for Your New Career

Anyone who is serious about becoming a nurse needs to know the basic requirements before they start a nursing program. There are many nursing programs out there, including those that offer one and two-year certificates and degrees, but you’ll need more education and training in order to become a licensed RN.

Registered nurses need a bachelor’s degree, which usually takes about four years to procure. This video provides a brief but specific overview of what those four years look like to a nursing student, from classes to the NCLEX RN, the national licensure test required by all states.
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Online RN Degree – Now Anyone Can Train for a New Career

You want to be a Registered Nurse and are ready to sign up for a training program, but have you considered the benefits of getting your RN degree online? This video helps you see why an online program might be perfect for you.

An online program gives you the core training for entry-level jobs. It is especially helpful for those who are currently working in another field but want to become RNs. An online program offers more flexibility, meaning that people with full-time jobs or other commitments can focus on their nursing education at the times that work best for them.
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Critical Care Nurse Training: Expanding Your Career Options

A career as a Critical Care Nurse is a well advised step for the individual currently working as a Registered Nurse, who’s seeking to expand their value to the hospital or to the medical community as a whole. Many people don’t realize there are specialties within the nursing profession, and in a time when many are unemployed or underemployed, becoming a Critical Care Specialist can be highly beneficial to the job-seeker, in that it increases options for both employment and pay.

In nursing school, most students receive rudimentary training in Critical Care. This does not make them a Certified Critical Care Nurse. This honor is bestowed to those who have gone through extensive training, above and beyond that of an RN, and have become Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) and Acute-Care Nurse Practitioners (ACNPs). Specialists receive in-depth training in a particular area, often have Masters or PhD degrees in their specialty, and are required to take continuing education classes to maintain licensures.
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Registered Nurse Training: Beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

When planning which route you want to take in the field of Registered Nursing, you might want to consider your ultimate career goal. While a bachelor’s of science in nursing will open the door to many job opportunities, there are certain specialties that require a master’s degree, so it’s good to know upfront whether your dream job will require more than four years of training. Here’s a list of some of those specialties, many of which are in high demand.
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