Steps to Becoming a Registered Nurse (RN)

Nursing is a demanding career; however it is one of the most rewarding career choices anyone could make. People in doctor’s offices, hospitals, and other medical establishments can benefit from your help when you get your nursing degree. Plus, with the nursing shortage, you are virtually guaranteed to be able to get a job after you obtain your degree.

Registered nurses can work in a variety of environments; they can work in doctor offices, hospitals, dental offices, nursing homes, clinics, schools and so many other types of medical establishments. Because of the nursing shortage, once a nurse obtains their RN degree, they will be able to select where they want to work; it will be their choice. There are always dozens of job positions available for RNs, so any RN will be able to choose which job position is best for them.

Making the choice to become a Registered Nurse (RN) could be the best decision of your life; and it doesn’t necessarily involve a terribly long course of study, either. In fact, there are three ways in which a person can qualify as a RN:

  • Get a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN) – This method involves completing a 4-year college program. Usually, the first one or two years at college are spent learning general education requirements (requirements necessary for any type of degree). The last two to three years are spent on nursing courses. Many nursing jobs that offer the highest salaries and the best perks call for a nurse to have a BSN.
  • Get an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) – This is also known as an Associate’s of Science in Nursing (ASN). An ADN is a 2-year program that allows a person to begin working as a RN after completion. This type of degree typically focuses on technical nursing skills; not on the theories of nursing. A great many nurses seem to prefer this program because it involves more hands-on practice rather than simply textbook-type work.
  • Diploma Program – This type of program is usually through a hospital. Students take two to three years to complete the program. The program involves science support courses, nursing theory and clinical practice.

After the successful completion of one of these three methods, a person needs to take an examination. This is the national licensing examination known as the NCLEX-RN. Passing this examination will certify a person as a RN.

After becoming a RN, many nurses decide to complete continuing education programs. While some nurses already have their BSN’s, some choose to continue schooling to earn those degrees to open up more job possibilities. Others might choose to study a nursing specialty so that they can work in a specific type of nursing field like pediatrics or oncology.

If you choose to become a RN, you will be able to help a great number of people on a daily basis and you will be glad you took this step, and so will the people that you are able to help.

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