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What do you have to do to become an RN?

I'm a high school student who is getting ready to graduate and is interested in the medical field. #medicine #nursing #nurse #healthcare #registered-nurses

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First you need to decide which college or university you want/can go. I suggest you to look through several programs in your area. Then the next step is to make sure that the program offered is accredited by the NCSBN. Check this link https://www.ncsbn.org/665.htm


You can become a RN with an Associate's degree in a community college, if money is a constrain, and then continue working towards your BSN (I did that) or you can go straight to the Bachelor's degree in a 4 year university.
After you decide which college you want to attend, you need to go in and talk to an academic advisor to begin the process. They will tell you what tests you need to take to be accepted by the college/university, which pre-requisite classes that you must take before applying, and what grades you need to have to be accepted in the nursing program.
It is very competitive. I would tell you right now that, for most science classes and some psychology classes as well, you will have to get As to offset the competition. So be prepared to apply yourself and use all resources available (teachers, tutors, study groups) so you can succeed. The only way to make through it is by being responsible, study, study, study, and avoid procrastinations because things pill up very quickly and you will drown in those assignments and weekly tests.


Last but not least, nursing is not for every one. Before you really decide to take on this career path, I suggest you talking to other nurses and read about the cons and pros of the profession. There are many forums online that you can sign in and that allow you to read what the nurses are talking about. You will read good things and bad things about nursing, just like any other profession. Ultimately, how you deal with stressful situations and people will determine your success in a working environment. It is an unique profession. I love being a nurse despite of all the pitfalls along the path. That is just life and we learn how to roll with the blows! :)
I wish you the very best!

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