How to Become a Registered Nurse??

The journey to becoming a nurse is a rigorous one but I like to think that it prepares you for the world— NO SERIOUSLY!! I remember feeling like I COULD DO ANYTHING IN THE WORLD after completing my BSN. I literally had gone through hell and high water and managed to come out on top (only by the grace of God might I add).

To all those who are interested in becoming a nurse, know that you can do it but you will work for it. For the new grads- it aint over (kirk franklin’s voice- “Stomp” LOL) your first year out of school will still feel like school because you’re learning so much so fast. Last but not least,  for those interested in advanced practice- the road does get easier!

Research is a vital tool to becoming a nurse. If interested, you should first learn more about the required curriculum and investment of time needed to reach your goals.

Associate Diploma in Nursing (ADN) is generally obtained from a community college (some technical schools have programs). The prerequisites for entry into the program are about half of what is required at a 4 year school and thus overall takes less time to complete. However, the science courses required for entry are the same for both degrees.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is obtained from a university. This program can be completed straight through or after obtaining an ADN you can bridge your degree and complete the necessary courses to equate a BSN. Bridge programs can also be completed online.

People often ask which program track is “best” but honestly it’s about which track is best for you and your lifestyle. Both programs result in the ability to sit for the NCLEX. However, there are some distinctions between the two.

For example, you cannot work in a nursing management or leadership role with an ADN. Also the National Advisory Council on Nursing Education is pushing for the BSN to be the standard for entry level nursing so many hospitals (especially those that are magnet designated) prefer to hire BSN educated nurses over ADN. In addition, magnet designated hospitals are now requiring previously hired ADN nurses to merge to BSN.

For these reasons, many feel it is best to just complete the BSN up front knowing that the trending standard calls for the higher degree. However, a segmented approach is nonetheless efficient and has its benefits as well. For example, if you obtain an ADN, you can work and make money while bridging your degree to BSN. So again, it really comes down to what’s best for YOU!

Hit the links below for a closer look into the field of nursing and some pros and cons of ADN vs. BSN!!

http://www.nursingexplorer.com/blog/adn-vs-bsn-the-big-debate-50

http://www.aacn.nche.edu/media-relations/fact-sheets/nursing-fact-sheet

 

 

 

 

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  1. Megan says:

    Hello Nurse Julia ! My name is Megan and I am a nursing student with a graduation in December. This summer I was offered a position as a nurse extern on a cardiac/vascular stepdown unit. Do you have any advice for a student nurse who is slighty overwhelmed with this new enviornment and intense and fast paced unit ? Thank You !
    -Megan from NY 🙂

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    1. Hi Megan! You should try and get a job as a tech on the unit. I got a job as a tech the last 6 months of my nursing program and it made all the difference. I figured I’d do the grunt work and learn everything and everyone I could and it worked! The nurses knew I was graduating soon so they would call me in the room and show me interesting things and so on. The latest “Future of Nursing Report” is suggesting nursing students get tech jobs while in school because it increases retention which makes sense because if you’re overwhelmed you may not last long on the unit. Also ask the nursing supervisor for opportunities to shadow some of the nurses prior to starting the job. Lastly, believe in yourself!! I hope this helps and the very best of luck with your studies and your new job, you got this!!

      The Nurse Julia

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  2. Brittney Stembridge says:

    Hello Nurse Julia! My name is Brittney and I just graduated from Kennesaw state with a bachelors degree in psychology, right now in enrolled to go back in to complete the accelerated nursing program at my university! I have to take both anatomy 1 and 2, as well as chemistry, and microbiology! I plan on trying to take the teas next summer to apply for programs! Is there anything you recommend me to do or certain study tools to use while I’m taking my core classes?

    Thank you,
    Brittney

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    1. Hi Brittany!

      Congrats on your recent graduation (whoop whoop)!! My undergrad program (Georgia State) switched to it the year after I got into the program so I didn’t have to take the TEAS, I took the NET. But I def remember nursing students talking about it and heard different people using different study material. So unfortunately, I can’t speak on behalf of the TEAS but what I can say is that in all of my test taking I learned that you should choose the study material that’s offered by the company that administers the test. Yes, there is a ton of study material made by so many different companies but they don’t write the test! So go ahead and get the TEAS study guide and get on it! Good luck with your nursing journey!! Let me know if I can help.

      Nurse Julia

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  3. Cynthia says:

    Hello Nurse Julia. My name is Cynthia and im interested in becoming a RN. What are the best programs to go to for nursing that will get recognized?
    because there are nursing schools out there that hospitals or some other schools will not accept credit for…
    Help!! 😒

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    1. Hi Cynthia,

      Kudos on your interest in becoming a nurse. I can’t really recommend a program without knowing what part of the country you’re in. But you can start by looking up a school to see if they’re accredited. Also a nursing programs NCLEX pass rate says a lot about the program so look that up as well. Lastly, you can go on allnurses.com and look up what other nurses have to say about programs in your area. Hope this helps!

      Best,
      Nurse Julia

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