Becoming a registered nurse is rather easy if you are dedicated to the career. You will need to be consistent with the classes that you take as well as organized and resourceful. A recommended course of action would be to start small and work your way to becoming the nurse that you have always dreamed of becoming.
The first step to be a registered nurse is becoming a certified nursing assistant. This is the bottom of the nursing career and every registered nurse must go through this line of work unless you know of someone in the college field who can get you through it. Most colleges have nursing assistant courses as a requirement in order for you to be accepted into the nursing program.
The nursing assistant courses are short and easy to complete. They are only about six months long and detail some of the patient care work that you will be doing. This work includes baths, feedings, and dressing the patients you will be caring for. After you have completed the nursing assistant course, you can then find out how to become a registered nurse.
Most colleges offer degrees in registered nursing. These degrees are either two or four years depending on the college you attend. If you are attending a two year school you will leave with a basic associate’s degree that you will be able to take to any hospital or other healthcare facility and get a job. The higher level degree you have, the better job you will be able to get. However, the higher the degree you get, the more work you will have to put in.
You will want to apply to a nursing program at the beginning of the year. This is so you can get the financial aid information in on time if you are accepted to the program. If you are accepted, you can then begin choosing the classes you will take. Get the basic classes out of the way first. These classes include English, Math, and Science classes.
Every state requires different courses so you need to check with your school to find out exactly what you need to have in order to graduate. After you take the basic classes, you can then begin taking the classes that are geared toward nursing. Most of these classes will be taken near the end of your nursing degree. The last semester of your college career will be in a clinical setting where you will get hands on experience. You will be given a state test after you complete your classes, and upon passing this test, you will become a registered nurse.