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Changing how the world thinks about nursing

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THE TRUTH ABOUT NURSING challenges stereotypes and educates the world about the value of nursing. Better understanding that nurses are autonomous, college-educated science professionals will strengthen nursing care, education and research, allowing nurses to save more lives.

How can I become a nurse?

Begin in high school

As a nurse, you will hold lives in your hands. Nursing is a responsible job and we need people who take academics seriously. Take college prep courses such as biology, chemistry, physics, and advanced math. And don't forget challenging English, social studies, and foreign language courses, because a key part of nursing is communicating effectively with a wide range of people, from powerful physicians to disadvantaged patients. Aim for top scores because many schools now are looking for a GPA of at least 3.6. Study hard!


School, types, licensure

Nursing boot camps

Requirements, scholarships and loans

Becoming an Advanced Practice Nurse

School, types, licensure

Entry pathways to become a registered nurse include a 4-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree, a 3-year associates degree in nursing, and a 3-year diploma program at a hospital (this last way is not common today). Nursing leaders have long encouraged all nurses to attain at least a bachelor's degree. Research shows that the more education nurses have, the more lives they save. So consider just going straight for your BSN. You will have more education to rely upon when your patients are in crisis. Once you complete your BSN and have a few years experience, you can consider becoming a nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist or nurse midwife.

Nursing boot camps

Boot camps or training experiences for teenagers or prospective students can be a great way to learn about nursing. See the programs below. If you have one we don't have listed here, please click here to let us know so we can add it. Thank you!

Arizona

Hospice of the Valley Teens in nursing program

Illinois

Memorial Health System Teens experiencing nursing camp

New Jersey

JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing (New Jersey) nursing boot-camp

North Carolina

East Carolina University Scout Out Nursing program, see link 1 and link 2

Texas

University of St. Thomas (Houston) nursing boot camp

Texas Women's University pre-nursing boot camp

Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin Manitowoc nursing boot camp

See more on Best online RN to BSN programs

Requirements, scholarships and loans

College Affordability Guide

ExploreHealthCareers.org

Discovernursing.com

California Board of Registered Nursing

American Nurses Association

Registered Nurse - A Career Guide at Nurse.org

ChooseNursing.com

Monster

RN to BSN online schools; scholarships

NursingSchool411

NursingLicensure.org has information on requirements on getting a nursing license

Becoming an Advanced Practice Nurse

Nurse Practitioner (NP)

Planning your NP education: American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Family Nurse Practitioners

Nurse Practitioner Programs Online | 150+ Schools

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

CNS FAQs: National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists

Nurse Midwife (CNM)

Become a Midwife: American College of Nurse-Midwives

Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

Become a CRNA: American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Click on the links below for detailed information:


What is Nursing?

Where do nurses practice? Tell me about nursing specialties.

Why become a nurse?

Who should become a nurse?

Who are some nurse leaders, past and present?

Where can I get nursing recruitment materials?

Go back to our Become a Nurse page

 

First published October 7, 2014

 

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