10 Steps To Becoming A Registered Nurse

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Is nursing a field you would like to get into? Find out how to become a registered nurse.

Becoming A Registered Nurse


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 2 million jobs for nurses in the country, and the profession is one of the 10 occupations projected to have the largest numbers of new jobs in the coming years.

With this in mind, it's a good time to look at a career as a registered nurse or other nursing related careers.  There are many benefits to having a nursing career like job security, health benefits, competitive income, and many more.  However, for people that want a career in nursing, but not sure how to get started, the following are 10 steps to becoming a registered nurse that will help get you on the way.

10 Steps To Becoming A Registered Nurse

  1. One can become a nurse with an associates degree. Associates degrees generally take two years to complete. Once the Nursing Degree is earned, one can become a nurse as soon as he or she passes the state board examination.
  2. Earn your diploma and train in a hospital. On site training generally lasts 3 years in order to become a licensed nurse.
  3. Earn your bachelor's of science degree in nursing (BSN), which will take about 4 years to complete.
  4. For those who graduated with four year degrees with a non-nursing major, accelerated BSN programs are available. Accelerated BSN programs last 12 to 18 months and provide the fastest route to a BSN for individuals who already hold a degree.
  5. In all States, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories, students must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass a national licensing examination, known as the NCLEX-RN, in order to obtain a nursing license.
  6. Certification is common, and sometimes required, for the four advanced practice nursing specialties-clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, nurse-midwives, and nurse practitioners. Upon completion of their educational programs, most advanced practice nurses become nationally certified in their area of specialty.
  7. Research hospitals you'd like to work at.
  8. Determine if you want to stay local or consider becoming a contracted, traveling nurse.
  9. Use credible websites to search for local position openings.
  10. Find and attend hiring fair specifically for nursing positions.

Finally - Go for it!
(source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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