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how to become an RN Registered Nurse

How To Become an RN Registered Nurse
College, Jobs, Salary, Specialties, Duties, Positions for a Nursing Career


Congratulations on your interest in a nursing career as an RN, Registered Nurse. This is a challenging and rewarding profession in the medical field for a man or woman caregiver. These dedicated professionals are critical for good patient care. Develop the personality traits and temperament that are important for success as an RN nurse. You'll need the ability to think for yourself, deal with stress, make life-and-death decisions, and juggle many tasks while at the same time you remain cheerful and compassionate.

Careers for an RN Registered Nurse

how to become an RN Registered Nurse There is a great shortage of Registered Nurses, and full-time employment is readily available around the USA. Your work schedule may include evenings, weekends and on-call time. Some hospitals offer a 4-day schedule of 10 hours each day. Salaries for an RN average from $60,000 to $80,000, with additional pay for specialties. Many hospitals offer signing bonuses and pay for continuing education classes.

Duties of an RN Registered Nurse

A registered nurse can work in a hospital setting, physicians office, health care clinic, military nursing, and school nursing. You'll be responsible for patient care in your area, which might be the operating room, ambulatory care, intensive care, or specialized practices. You'll observe patient symptoms, provide medical care according to plan, supervise LPNs and nursing assistants, and offer health guidance to patients and their families. You can also choose work as a clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse-midwife, and nurse anesthetist.

What is the difference between a LPN and a RN

In the field of nursing, a nursing assistant or nursing aid is at the entry level of training and responsibility. The LPN licensed practical nurse requires 1 year of study in a vocational school or community college to prepare for entry-level work in the medical field. The RN Registered Nurse is a fully-qualified nurse.

Training to Become an RN Registered Nurse

Colleges and nursing schools offer two training programs to prepare you for nursing, the ADN and the BSN. With more training, you earn more and have more responsibilities. Here are the steps to become an RN Registered Nurse
  1. For admission to nursing school, you will need a high school diploma and good grades. While you are in high school, consult with a school counselor to choose high school classes in science and math that meet the prerequisites of nursing school.

  2. For admission to some nursing colleges, an entrance exam is required, the National League for Nursing (NLN) Pre-admission Exam.

  3. Choose a school of nursing that is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, NLNAC.

  4. The Associate Degree in Nursing, ADN, is a two-year program offered at community colleges, technical schools, and hospital nursing schools. If you continue your studies afterward, you can transfer these credits and complete the Bachelor's of Science degree in nursing in another two years. Some entry-level positions for an associate degree offer tuition reimbursement and college credit.

  5. The Bachelor's of Science Degree in Nursing, BSN, is a four-year college program. The trend among employers is to require a BSN to work as a nurse. You will require a BSN before you can take up advanced nursing studies. In the medical profession, many feel that all nurses should complete a 4-year degree. But the high demand for nurses has made a case for keeping the ADN programs.

  6. To be licensed to practice as a nurse, you must pass the national board exam NCLEX-RN. Each state across the USA has its own requirements and may require you to take the local NCLEX-RN to work in the state. Contact the National Council of State Boards of Nursing or the state board of nursing where you want to work.

  7. Some states require that you take Continuing Education Classes to keep your nursing license in effect.

I wish you great success in your nursing career.

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