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Become A Registered Nurse (RN)

Author : Jeff Morrow

Submitted : 2010-09-06 00:26:46    Word Count : 674    Popularity:   8416

Tags:   Nursing Jobs, Registered Nursing Jobs, Registered Nursing, Nursing Schools, Nursing Degrees, RN to BSN, LPN to BSN, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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There are three education programs currently available in the United States that can lead to becoming a Registered Nurse (RN).

Nursing Diploma Programs - this is the oldest and is the traditional three year program used by hospitals, before colleges and universities started educating nurses. A Diploma in Nursing is provided by the Hospital.Associates' Degree in Nursing (ADN or ASN) - often called a 2-year program, however, most nurses actually find themselves taking three or more years. Most institutions require students pass a number of prerequisite classes before being accepted into the nursing program. These prerequisite classes can take a year or less complete. Then, the actual nursing program to gain an Associates' Degree in Nursing, an ADN or an ASN takes about two years.Bachelors Degree in Nursing (BSN) - this four year university degree is often considered by nursing educators to give the most well-rounded nursing education as it allows time for nursing theory, leadership, community and public health courses and some electives missed by many ADN programs. Additionally, the basics of the bachelors degree give a good foundation for management.
The Nursing Board Exam - NCLEX-RN All these programs have been found to produce persons able to pass the NCLEX-RN and function on a nursing unit.
To become an RN, you need to pass the NCLEX and and be registered by your respective state. You can pass the nursing board exam, the NCLEX-RN, and still not meet the requirements of your state to be an RN. Check with your state's nursing board to find out what requirements are needed to become an RN.
Job Functions and Pay No matter which degree path, all RNs generally start off their careers doing about the same job functions, but there is usually pay differential for those who have obtained a BSN degree. While this may not seem significant, a BSN degree holder can earn $1 to $1.50 more per hour which can add up to over $3,000 per year working a 40 hours week. Signing bonuses can be more for BSN degree holders because employers feel the candidate is already well educated, ready to take on more responsibility and will not need the tuition reimbursement that many non-BSN RNs will opt for once they start working. There are many factors that go into which education path to take to become an RN. Those with more education generally earn more and advance faster than those without the same level of education. Almost all major hospital corporations and groups now prefer a BSN degree, and require that degree to advance into any supervisory role.
For those who have already obtained a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), or Licensed Vocation Nurse (LVN) distinction, an LPN to RN bridge program can take about 8 months to a year an a half to complete. These programs can often be completed online as the practical, hands-on labs and cliniclas have already been complete. Any further clinicals required can be easily complete locally.
What to Look for In a Nursing Degree Program

Find an accredited degree program. Regional Accreditation is the highest form of accreditation. Some nursing associations also accredit schools. The higher the accreditation, the more scholar, loan, and grants will be available to you.
Look at the NCLEX success rates of graduates. That will give you a great idea of the caliber of the nursing school's program.

 


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