Let’s talk about how to prepare for the NCLEX.

But first you need to know a little about the NCLEX exam.  This can be a stressful event in your path to being a nurse.

The main purpose of the NCLEX is to provide a certain level of standardization for testing competency levels.  In other words, are you a safe and effective nursing professional?

The test is geared for entry level nurses

So don’t get stressed out about knowing absolutely everything there is to know about being a nurse. Though the test is adaptive which basically means if you miss a difficult question, the next one shouldn’t be as hard. Read the rest of this entry

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Can I Work and be Successful in Nursing School?

I get this question a lot. The short answer is that it is doable, however this is not the most desirable situation. Of course you should check the program that you are considering because some actually have strict restriction against working while in nursing school.

If you are considering to work in nursing school there are a number of things that you should keep in mind. Read the rest of this entry

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If You Get a BSN Degree Will You Make More Money?

Ok, this is a common questions full of yes, no and maybe answers. It also tends to be a tender subject amongst nurses because, sometimes it seems to be interpreted as a suggestion that as an Associate’s Degree Nurse (ADN) you might somehow be less competent in your job than a Bachelor’s of Science Nurse (BSN). Let me clear the air regarding this topic, right up front- then we can talk about the actual question about making more money with a higher degree.

To become a Registered Nurse (RN) you need one of 3 degree types and then you must pass the NCLEX. Read the rest of this entry

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Accredited nurse programs is an important topic that is often overlooked.

Since we have been talking a bit about education lately, I thought I might follow up with some important information on accredited nursing programs. This is a little discussed and even less thought about topic for most nursing students.  However, Read the rest of this entry

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Education for nurses has a tremendous range.

You may be aware of the varying levels of education for nurses, such as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), a Registered Nurse (RN), or a Nurse Practitioner (NP).  Did you know each one of these has to complete different levels of eduction?  And once you have passed your state exams and are designated as a nurse, then you have to take continuing education units!  Plus,

There are numerous certificates you can get to help you in your specialty- some of which may better your pay as well.


We will briefly touch on these topics in this post as a sort of general information guide and then, my intent is to begin to delve deeper into each area of education for nurses.  I am not going to go into what each career’s overview or tasks are here, you can find that in some of my other posts.  I really want to concentrate on what type of education is required for each level of nursing.

Now, keep in mind that depending on the program, the specialty and state regulations, the time required can vary quite a bit.  A little research will go a long way.  However, I will be talking more specifically about each level of nursing so you shouldn’t have to look far to get the info you need.

If you are looking to get into nursing fast- this is the way to go.

Ok let’s start with training as an LPN. By the way, I have found that sometimes people also call it a licensed vocational nurse versus licensed practical nurse.  This is really the fastest way to become a nurse.  Education for nurses desiring their LPN can take about a year. Keep in mind here that this also tends to have lower pay and a smaller amount of privileges to go with it.

Education for nurses that are becoming RNs has a couple different paths.

You can get an Associate’s degree in Nursing, a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) or a Nursing Diploma.  I tend to see a lot of people go for the Associate’s degree.  This is because it is only a two year program- but usually takes three to complete- which means you can start you nursing career more quickly.  Many nurses that follow this path often go on to get their Bachelor’s.

If you go right into the Bachelor’s program it will most likely take you about 4 years, plus or minus.  The BSN tends to give more options to those nurses whom obtain it.

The Nursing Diploma was once much more popular that it is today.  Back in the day, it was the main way of education for nurses.   Today I hardly see this option.  I have seen a couple of studies that have stated their decline has continued over the years and they now only comprise about 5% of the methods of education for nurses.

Open doors to management and more:

The Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) is an advanced degree.  Career choices like that of the Nurse Practitioner or the Clinical Nurse need to get advanced degrees like the MSN.  This option will open doors to management positions, more privileges like prescribing medication, and even can lead to opening your own practice with out requiring doctor supervision in some States.

Well, this is getting to be a long post and I want to be able to give you quick, concise information- and not bore you to tears- so I am going to end it here for now and will do more posts on Continuing Education Units and Certificates soon.  I hope this info on education for nurses has been helpful to you.  As always I look forward to your comments and questions.  Please subscribe to the RSS feed so you dont miss any of the great information that I have in store for this site!

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There seem to be as many types of nursing careers as there are nurses these days!

Below is a list of the 3 most common education levels with a little explanation about them.  Within these levels are many types of nursing careers.  Varying specialties, work environments, and certifications combine with these education levels to create hundreds of nursing career paths. Today I will just be talking about the education levels but we will be talking about various careers in the future. Read the rest of this entry

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6 Things to Prepare You for the Nursing Profession

If you are interested in entering the nursing profession, then there are a few things that you should do to prepare yourself.

1.  You need to have a high school diploma.

If you are still in high school, talk with your guidance counselor to see what types of classes your school offers that will help prepare you for nursing.  Most programs like to see 2-4 years of science and math, 2 years of some kind of health studies as well as language and computer classes.

If you have already graduated and have the above referenced classes, you can move on to our next checklist item.  If you are lacking some of these classes, you might consider taking a few your local community college.

2.  You need to search out nursing programs that appeal to you. Read the rest of this entry

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