A person can become a nurse by going to a university or community college. To be a registered nurse you will first need to take prerequisites ( at which ever college you attend) in science courses ( life and some physical) besides all of the English math, etc. This usually takes 2 years. At a community college the nursing program is 2 years then I would recommend getting a BSN which will take another 2 years but you can work as a nurse while you do this. If you choose to go to a university it will take 4-5 years in total but you graduate with a BSN. Each path has pro’s and con’s which you should evaluate to see what is right for you. Best of luck!
If you decide to study to become a Registered Nurse (RN) you need to first apply to an accredited nursing school usually takes 4 years that graduates students with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree that is required for RN’s to obtain. If you see a nursing school accredited by the Commission on the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) then this school is accredited at the baccalaureate level for the BSN degree. Once you graduate with your BSN you need to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) exam to obtain your license to practice or work as an RN. Once you pass your NCLEX exam you are ready to work as an RN at any part of the Healthcare system in the United States such as an Emergency room nurse caring for patients who are brought by ambulance. Hope this helps.
Becoming an LVN is a shorter course and can be completed in 2 years.
Most universities have a four-year nursing program. That includes time in class as well as spending time learning skills in a clinical setting.
There is always a demand for Registered Nurses. You will never be unemployed :-)
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