How do I become a nurse?Many ways exist for you to become a nurse. 1st, you have to decide if you want to be a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)  or a Registered Nurse (RN). Often, many individuals...

How do I become a nurse?

Many ways exist for you to become a nurse. 1st, you have to decide if you want to be a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)  or a Registered Nurse (RN). Often, many individuals do not know the difference between these positions. Registered Nurses go to school longer and have more theory and classrooom teaching than LPNs. Today, you will find more LPNs in doctor's office setting and in long-term care settings such as nursing homes, and RNs other places such as the hospitals, surgical centers, performing as nurse practitioners (with even more education).

  For the LPN, one can get education at a vocational school or at a community college, and this education typically takes about 18-24 months of full time dedication. Education includes classroom, laboratory, and clinical time with patients. Upon graduation, salaries vary upon state, but LPNs may make anywhere from $15-$25ish per hr.

  For the RN, school usually takes at least 2 yrs for the community college setting, which gives the individual an associate's degree, 2-3 yrs for a hospital based program, which provides a diploma based degree, and 4 yrs for a bachelor's degree. Although each of these program ends with the degree of an RN, the amount and depth of education varies, and the types of positions that the nurse varies may increase with the level of education received.

   LPNs & RNs are required to take a state board licensure exam, in which a passing rate is required for licensure to work in that capacity.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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I would also suggest that you research the type of nurse and to what level of nursing you aspire. Some types of nursing careers have shorter training programs and less responsibility in certain areas. While other types of nursing careers require more extensive training and consequently have more responsibility in certain areas.

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The above posters have given good information. Find a place near you that offers nursing as a degree or certification and find out the entrance requirements. It is an excellent suggestion to talk to someone currently in the field of nursing, they can point you to the right people to get you started and also give you information to help you determine if it is truly the career you want to enter.

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If you're determined to work hard and see it through, the next step would be to find a nursing school.  The Internet has listings for available nursing schools in your area. Some classes have to be taken on campus, but some of the classes can be taken online.  See what your options are, ask questions, find out what's needed, and get started.  As you progress through school, there will be exams to take, certifications to get, and actual hand-on training in hospitals or clinics. 

 

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To get the nitty gritty details of how you would go about this, find someone who is a nurse, or strike up a conversation with a nurse in a Doctor's office, or call a nursing school.  Generally, to become a Registered Nurse, you are going to need a four year degree, and be aware that there is a shortage of these schools, so often there is a waiting list to get in, or the entry spots are very competitive.

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How do I become a nurse?

Many ways exist for you to become a nurse. 1st, you have to decide if you want to be a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)  or a Registered Nurse (RN). Often, many individuals do not know the difference between these positions. Registered Nurses go to school longer and have more theory and classrooom teaching than LPNs. Today, you will find more LPNs in doctor's office setting and in long-term care settings such as nursing homes, and RNs other places such as the hospitals, surgical centers, performing as nurse practitioners (with even more education).

  For the LPN, one can get education at a vocational school or at a community college, and this education typically takes about 18-24 months of full time dedication. Education includes classroom, laboratory, and clinical time with patients. Upon graduation, salaries vary upon state, but LPNs may make anywhere from $15-$25ish per hr.

  For the RN, school usually takes at least 2 yrs for the community college setting, which gives the individual an associate's degree, 2-3 yrs for a hospital based program, which provides a diploma based degree, and 4 yrs for a bachelor's degree. Although each of these program ends with the degree of an RN, the amount and depth of education varies, and the types of positions that the nurse varies may increase with the level of education received.

   LPNs & RNs are required to take a state board licensure exam, in which a passing rate is required for licensure to work in that capacity.

There are three possibilities to become a Registered Nurse:
1. Associate degree in Nursing Education: A two-year nursing program available at community or private colleges. Covers the technical scope of nursing practice.
2. Bachelor’s degree in Nursing: A four-year program offered at universities and colleges. Provides knowledge of advanced nursing theory and practice.
3. Nursing diploma: A three-year program administered by hospitals, but fast losing out to college nursing degrees.

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It takes education, technical skill, but above all else, a proper attitude. Nursing has a very high turnover rate due to low wages, working environment, and low to moderate career advancement. Education is required for either an LPN or RN and one must take a state certification exam before one can be licensed. If you want career advancement, an MA or MS along with a PhD will allow you to become head of a program, teacher, or nurse coordinator.

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