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What are the qualifications to become a nurse

Because this is the career I want to have and I would like to have more research on it #pediatric-nursing #nurse #nursing #healthcare #hospital-and-healthcare

Thank you comment icon Hi Kenadrea! Check out this thread, it might have some answers for you: https://www.careervillage.org/questions/34893/how-to-become-a-nurse Abby Lupi, Admin
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Sarah’s Answer

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If you would like to know the qualifications to apply to a nursing school program it is best to do a google search. I would search the colleges in your area that have nursing programs. Typically, the instructions and pre-reqs (courses you need to complete prior to actually applying to their nursing program and most colleges want you to have at least a C in these courses but more commonly B's or A's) will be posted. My nursing school also required that we completed a CNA class prior to applying to the program. Each school will have their own requirements. After completing the nursing program (associates or bachelors) you are eligible to sit for the NCLEX based on your states requirements. The NCLEX is an exam that all nurses must pass in order to receive their nursing license. This is a very broad explanation for the qualifications to become a nurse :)

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Research the NCLEX and potential colleges you are thinking about applying too. This way you will learn about the different qualifications you must possess prior to enrolling in their programs.
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Shannon’s Answer

In high school, take classes like biology, chemistry & anatomy - as many as you can (e.g. bio 101, 102, 103). As previously mentioned the schools you want to attend probably have their required courses listed on their website. Some nursing schools offer a full course to get an LPN (licensed practical nurse) license during their senior year. That does prevent students from having time for things like after-school band, sports, plays, clubs, chorus etc. The plus is that you can get a decent, non-fast-food job right after graduation. You can also start a Bachelor's in nursing in the fall. Keep in mind that the LPN works under the direction of an RN most of the time and usually does most of the 'grunt work' like giving bed baths. Sometimes an LPN can be the only nurse in a doctor's office and will do everything - give shots, draw blood, do treatments & tests, and of course paperwork (probably on a computer). It's good experience before getting better jobs if you have a positive attitude & want to learn. Keep your complaints to yourself :) Perhaps you can visit a local hospital & read some of their nursing journals (they're not magazines) to get an idea; maybe you can volunteer there and ask nurses what they did.
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Paula’s Answer

For qualifications for nursing school it would be best to search any schools you are interested in attending and see their nursing department and usually they will list what is needed for their program. It is best to read and do research so you can see what best fits you and see how their program works, some school do waiting lists and others still go by lotto so then you can see what will fit you and how much time it would require for that specific schools nursing program, Usually taking all of your general classes in college is minimum requirement a long with some extra classes specifically for nursing, but again the best way is to search the schools and read about it and possibly call and speak to someone.
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