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Jul
10

The Complete Guide To Becoming A Nurse

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nurses_tote__31782.1354915757.1280.1280Nursing is one of the most rewarding careers there is and there are so many great reasons to get into it. You can work flexible hours, no 2 days are ever going to be the same and you can make a real difference to people’s lives. Even though it’s a very tough job and it can be incredibly demanding at times, it’s still the perfect career for somebody that wants to give something back. If you think that nursing might be right for you, here is everything you need to know about getting qualified and finding a job.

Get Qualified

Before you do anything else, you need to get the necessary qualifications that all nurses need. You’ve got a few different options here; if you’re entering education for the first time then you can do a bachelor’s degree in nursing which takes around 4 years to complete. If you’ve already got a bachelor’s degree in a related area then you don’t need to go back into full-time education, you can do an msn degree online instead. This is a good option for people that want to change career later in life because you don’t need to bear the financial burden of going back into education, just complete the course in your own time from home.

Once you’ve got the relevant degree, you then need to take some more exams before you’re fully registered as a nurse. After you graduate, you’ll need to get in touch with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to apply for your NCLEX-RN exam. The exam is taken on a computer and usually consists of around 120 questions which you need to complete in six hours. The things that you learn during your degree will prepare you for this exam. If you don’t manage to pass it (70-75 percent is the usual pass rate) then you’ll have to wait 45 days before you’re eligible to take it again.

Get A License

Now that you’ve got all of the qualifications that you need to be a nurse, you need to get a license to practice. The process varies from state to state and certain places will require extra steps so make sure you get in touch with your local authority to see what you need to do. Most of the time, you’ll have to do a background check before getting your license.

Find A Job

After getting your license, you’ll finally be able to start looking for nursing jobs. Working in a hospital is the obvious choice but there are other options. You should be able to land a job in a hospital fairly easily because nurses are in high demand. But you could also consider working in a nursing home, or for a company that provides home care. The hours are often better in those kinds of jobs than they are in a hospital which is a much more demanding environment.

Once you’ve got your first job, you can start to learn new skills as you work and even seek more education and training to help you progress to more senior positions.

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