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How to be a nurse: About nursing and how to become a nurse?

Updated on March 27, 2010

How to be a nurse?

Becoming a nurse is a good choice because of the many places that you can work in. Nurses are needed in hospitals, clinics, occupational health services, health centers, nursing homes, in the military, prisons and university hospitals. Nursing is one of the 5 fastest growing careers in the United States.

First, we will need a high school diploma/certificate. Then to get a registered nure degree (RN) you can join a nursing school which differs from country to country. In the U.S there is the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, or the Associates Degree in Nursing. Or you can find a training proram in some hospitals that ill offer you a diploma. Each country has it's legitslations and different diplomas/degrees. For example, in the U.K you will have to be a resident for at least 3 years.

The other option (other than RN) is the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Registered Nursing degrees take more studying time and they are more advances and specialised. The LPNs are more general and only takes about a year to study.

How to become a nurse?
How to become a nurse?

The education

Half of the teaching course should be academic studying and the other half should be practical. Before joining a program, it may be useful for you to take some courses may be in English, biology, physics and first aids. Check the requirements of the nursing school you want to study at. Note that you should be 17 in most countries to start a course and

Also, nursing schools require some personality traits and some one with good temper. Compassion, the abilty to work under stress, communication and other skills are needed as well as the grades and classes.

The job

There are a variety of sectors to work in. Adult nursing is the first most obvious one, but here is also child and neonatal nursing, mental health nursing and disabled individuals nursing.


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      Cherie 8 years ago

      Hello, I'm searching for nursing related blogs like mine and I stumbled your site, nice blog!. I hope you could also include me in your blogroll.

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      Barbara Bethard 8 years ago from Tucson, Az

      good information!