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How long does it take to get a nursing job?

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Stephanie’s Answer

Nursing is a job that is in very high demand, especially with the pandemic currently happening. There are many levels to nursing, and depending on how far up the ladder you want to go, you'll have to stay in school for a certain amount of time. The fastest way to get into nursing is to take a 4-12 week course and certification test to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). No college is required, so you could do this right after finishing high school. However, if you have the time/desire, you can take longer educational programs and a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Registered Nurse (RN), or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). This website is very helpful in understanding the educational requirements, job growth outlook, and salary potential of each level of Nursing: https://nurse.org/education/nursing-hierarchy-guide/#:~:text=%20Nursing%20Ranks%20%26%20Levels%20Explained%20%201,through%20the%20state%20board%20of%20nursing...%20More%20
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Shannon’s Answer

Some nursing students are able to get jobs immediate after graduation at the hospital where they did their student clinical experience. they took full advantage of the opportunity - they asked a lot of questions about everything their instructors did. they got to know people who worked there with them and asked questions - not only other nurses but doctors, technicians, everyone around. they did well in school & in clinical experiences. the first step after getting hired is to take 'new nurse classes' at the hospital. newly-hired nurses sometimes have to wait days or weeks after graduation until the next class starts. i know a nurse who did really well in her ER clinicals as a student, got hired in that ER right after graduation, and has been there ever since. others might want a little break (weeks or months) between college & work. don't wait too long! others still might want to go right to grad school after nursing school. they may or may not get a job while in grad school.
just like any job you'll want to cultivate good references while you're in school. don't be entitled about this, be humble & grateful. be *helpful*. if you step in to help everyone, they'll be happy to recommend you.
another trick is to read extra, and ask questions about what you read. 'i was reading this article about respiratory problems. i didn't understand ___, would you help me?' is a great way to impress doctors & nurses. people will see you *actively learning* and will be more willing to teach you and recommend you than they would be a lazier classmate.
so decide what kind of nurse you want to be. learn as much about that subject in school as you can. learn extra by reading & asking questions. apply for jobs in that field, interview, send a thank-you email, and wait to get hired. you can be employed in a couple of weeks or a couple of months - each employer has their own routine so it's hard to predict any more than this. if your school doesn't teach you resume & interview skills, find a local government agency that will.
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LINDA’s Answer

Nursing is a very lucrative career. Nurses are always in need. Finding a job is fairly easy when you have experience, however, there are many organization that have new graduate programs to prepare you. Adequate training makes you competent and valuable to the field of nursing. The efforts you put into school will translate in the work field. Do your best at all times so you will always be prepared for the opportunities. Find a specialty that you love and the job will follow.

LINDA recommends the following next steps:

Research the different career paths in nursing
Attend a nursing fair
Look online for job openings pertaining to your interest
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janet’s Answer

Currently nursing jobs are available in all fields of nursing. I would recommend determining what nursing field you want to pursue and look into positions that are available in your area. There is a lot of nurses who are leaving their current positions and are starting to be a traveling nurse. I worked in a hospital setting and wanted to travel but family obligations came first. I would recommend talking with nurses in your area and determine what area you are interested in pursuing in nursing and then go for it!
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