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Miranda’s Answer

I am a registered nurse in a level 1 trauma ICU at a larger hospital near Dallas, Texas. I've been a nurse for 4 and a half years and I love it. I received my ADN (associates degree in nursing) from a Dallas community college called Brookhaven college. It took about 16 months to 2 years of studying. A lot of community colleges have certified ADN programs. You can also apply and go to a four year university and receive your BSN (bachelor of science in nursing) that way. After I got my ADN, I passed my NCLEX. The NCLEX is the big board certification test you have to pass to officially be licensed as a registered nurse and begin practicing in whatever field you choose. You can work in schools, clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, companies, etc. The possibilities are endless. Many new nurses will choose to work in hospitals if possible because it gives you a lot of experience, but you can choose whatever field you like. I loved the ER and the ICU during my nursing school rotations, so that is what I applied for when I graduated. I started in a Neuro ICU for 3 and a half years and now I'm in a Trauma ICU.

As far as schools go, you just have to look in your area. If you're looking for the cheapest alternative, an ADN through a community college will have you becoming an RN in half the time of a university. However, many big hospitals are starting to want their RNs to have bachelor's degrees. The plus side is many universities have programs that allow people with their ADN to get a BSN pretty quickly and many hospitals will pay for their employees to get it, so it ends up being very affordable!

If you have any other questions post them here and I will get back to you ASAP. Best of luck. Nursing is a wonderfully flexible, intelligent, interesting, and caring field. I've been working during this pandemic and I truly have never felt more proud.
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Cecily’s Answer

First of all, you can congratulate yourself for researching one of the best professions around!

You will need to go to a college program that specifically grants you a nursing degree. In order to do this, you need a high school diploma or a GED.

Do an internet search for your local colleges (or not local if you are okay with relocating). I personally think that it is a good idea to start with some of the local community colleges and/or state schools. Most have very good nursing programs.

These schools will also have an admissions office that will tell you the requirements to get into their program. Most of the time they outline it on their website. They might also have an informational session.

Good luck and I hope this helps.

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