Registered nursing is an amazing career field that offers individuals the ability to carve their own paths in the medical field through a variety of different fields and specialities.
As a registered nurse your primary focus will be providing medical care and emotional support to patients that are dealing with minor and acute injuries or illnesses and use your education and training to helping them achieve full health while also helping your patients prevent future diseases and injuries.
In terms of informing and educating patients about their condition registered nurses teach their patients about their injury and/or illness and provide them with answers to their questions and ways to best manage their injury or illness.
You will also record the symptoms of your patients symptoms and monitor their state of recovery, provide patients with medication and assist in treatments, take part in patient rehabilitation programs and collaborate with other medical professionals to provide the best all around patient care possible.
For those who are interested in becoming registered nurses it all starts your education.
The first step towards earning your degree and becoming a registered nurse actually begins in high school where you must earn you GED or diploma before you can proceed to taking courses in the nursing field and earn your registered nursing degree.
Once you’ve earned your degree you’ll be able to apply to a college or university that offers a 2 year or 4 year nursing program.
Those who are really focused earning the highest level of education in the nursing field may apply to dedicated nursing programs that offer masters and doctorate degrees.
Check here to get a for explanation of the various types of degrees nurses can earn: Nursing degrees
When applying for a school that offers a nursing program it is important to consider a number of important factors to determine whether or not the school is a correct fit for you.
Some of the things you may want to look at before applying to a school is how much the nursing program will cost, what the level of competition is for getting into the program, what type of resources and tools the school offers students who are in the program to help them earn their nursing degree and what their reputation and success rate is for students who enter the program.
Once you’ve found a school and applied to a nursing program you’ll be required to take a number of prerequisite courses and maintain a certain grade point average (GPA) before you can join the program.
Nursing programs that have a high level of competition and not enough seats often have stricter requirements for those who want to earn acceptance into the program, so it is wise to sit down with a guidance counselor to determine what you have to do in order to have the best chance of getting accepted into the program.
Once you’ve completed your prerequisites and gained acceptance into the nursing program you will spend 2 – 4 years in the program learning about the nursing field and being trained on how to provide patients with proper medical care.
While taking the program it is highly encouraged that you find a dedicated study group that can help you learn and will keep you accountable so that you have the best chance of passing your courses.
By using the collective knowledge of the group you’ll be able to find answers to difficult questions, practice various medical procedures & find the best solutions for the problems you’ll face in the field as a registered nurse.
It is extremely important however to make sure that you choose a group that is very dedicated to pursing the nursing field, because a group that is not focused on their studies may be more distracting than helpful.
It is also recommended that you gain as much in field experience as possible as this will not only help you understand the field but also give you a better chance of getting a job once you’ve completed your degree.
Students that are interested in obtaining early in field training may apply for an internship, look for volunteer work or look for a job in a related area of nursing if they have obtained LPN certification.
Upon completion of your 2 – 4 year nursing program you’ll be required to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) in order to earn your license.
Note: You may also have to pay any licensing fees associated with getting your rn license in the state you live and/or operate in and read: Can registered nurses work in any state for a more thorough explanation of obtaining your license in various states.
Upon succesful completion of the NCLEX-RN you’ll earn your registered nursing license and can begin working in the field as a registered nurse.
As stated early it is important to gain as much in field experience as possible before hand so that you’ll stand a better chance of getting a job once you enter the field.
The less on the job training you require the better.