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What are the steps for a registered nurse

I want to become one after I graduate high school but I want to be more then be prepared of course #registered-nurses

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Tonya’s Answer

A four year degree program is going to offer the most well-rounded, job-secure position in the future. Nursing has been working hard to be viewed as a "profession" over a "job" and in that quest the long term goal of a lot of hospitals is to hire only bachelor's prepared nurses. In my area, if you are an LPN, hospital program nurse, or two year RN, the places that hire are nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities or inpatient rehabs. If that is your passion, rather than bedside hospital nursing, a hospital based program or 2 year RN might be just what you are looking for. To gain experience, your best bet is to get a job as a nursing assistant at a hospital you are interested in working as a nurse. However, I would strongly recommend that whatever specialty you are interested in (for example, neuro nursing) that you NOT work on that floor as a nursing assistant. As lame as it is, it is hard (at least at my hospital) for nursing assistants who become nurses to gain the respect they deserve and be treated as a nurse once they've graduated when they remain on the same unit throughout. It eventually happens, but there's a lot of angst and hard feelings to get there.

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Research jobs as a nursing assistant/CNA
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Tamika’s Answer

Hi Briannia,
In my opinion, the best way is to go through a 4 yr college to obtain a Bachelor of Science in nursing.
This is because associate degrees in nursing are phasing out and many employers are requesting that candidates have a BSN.

During summer you can also volunteer at the hospital or nursing homes to see if you enjoy that type of work.
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