By Nancy Kimmel R.N. Ph.D.
O.k., so you want to become a nurse. Good choice. Did you know that National surveys of registered nurses, physicians, and hospital executives document considerable concern about the U.S. nurse shortage?(1) Will you have job security? Absolutely! Now all you need to do is to become a nurse. As the population continues to grow, so does the need for educated nursing professionals. With such a strong need for nurses many would think it would be easy to get a nursing education. The fact is it may be harder than many people think. Today the United States also has a shortage of nursing educators and this makes many nursing programs hard to get into often with long waiting lists.
Getting onto these waiting lists is all dependent on how well the student performs on the NURSING ENTRANCE TEST This is a three hour exam that tests the students knowledge from reading comprehension to anatomy and physiology. Student aspirations of having a career in nursing can come true if they know how to study intelligently for the NURSING ENTRANCE TEST. This test can become a stumbling block for students who do not adequately prepare for the N.E.T. Comprehensive study materials can be found online at the Nurses Learning Center
Students have online access twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, as long as they need the program. Having access to a comprehensive battery of tutorial test that will help raise students score on the N.E.T is a must is the student plans to get into nursing school on the first try. Not pass the NURSING ENTRANCE TEST is a great set back for everyone trying to get into nursing school, and one that most people can’t afford to take.
Nursing forum – career planning and education advice for nursing careers
Even with all these hurtles in place, a nursing career is still a great choice as long as you select the correct career path. As with any career you choose, you want to create a plan and time line so you can advance into a senior position in the future.While in fact the program of nursing is a grueling one, the rewards of helping others outweighs all other factors considered. The five steps are outlined below.
Step 1. Have a great desire to help others. Becoming a nurse means caring about others as you would care for yourself, your children, your parents and other loved ones. Love of mankind is definitely a prerequisite. This is the most important step.
Step 2. Find a nursing school near you. Perhaps you want to be a Licensed Practical Nurse, Licensed Degree Nurse or a Registered Nurse. Make that decision. Some people prefer to go for the LPN or LDN before going for their RN. The reason is simply that the program for becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse is only eight months to one year and there are no prerequisites required. The pay for a Licensed Practical Nurse is nearly the same as a Registered Nurse. Many nursing schools are to be found even in the most rural areas. Once you have located a nursing school make an appointment to see a counselor, so that you can find out about the courses that are necessary to take before you begin the nursing program.
Step 3. Study for the Nursing Entrance Test. It is a very good idea if you have been out of school for a while. Studying for the Nursing Entrance Test helps to hone your skills in math and reading comprehension, not to mention biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology. You can do this right here at Pass The NET. The online study tutorials and tests will help you to pass the LPN/LDN, and RN entrance test. Even if you don’t have to take an entrance test, it is a very good review and will help to make you more knowledgeable in the field.
Step 4. Seek out financial aid. The financial burden of even a few thousand dollars can make a difference in lifestyle. Financial aid is available to all. There are grants, scholarships and government loans that are for the taking. Speak to a financial aid counselor to find out more, and take a look at our resources here at the Nurses Learning Center. You will find lots of information on financial aid for nursing school.
Step 5. Stick to your goal. This may seem like a simple statement, but many people go through steps one through four and then give up. There are many reasons why people give up. Perhaps the biggest reason is that they lack the confidence in themselves. The best motto to adopt is to “Just DO IT”. Look at it this way, becoming a nurse will only take a year or two out of your life. The rewards will continue for a lifetime. People can be their worst enemy. Look back on your life and see how many accomplishments you have achieved. You can become a nurse. It is just that simple. What a lot of prospective nursing students don’t realize is that there are government forgiveness programs once you become a nurse. These programs are designed to keep nurses in nursing. The program will pay almost 100% of your school loan once you have graduated and begun work. The stipulation for reimbursement of the loan is that the nurse work full time on a medical surgical unit for two years. For each additional year that the nurse works full time on a medical surgical floor, more of the loan is repaid back to the government or loan entity. Many hospitals will pay over 70% in tuition for registered nurses going back to school for their bachelors in nursing. Some hospitals have classes on site to make it easier for nurses to finish their bachelors in nursing.
America needs nurses. Do you really want to be a nurse? Then begin with the five easy steps to becoming nurse and you will see your goals achieved.
Health Affairs, 26, no. 3 (2007): 853-862
© 2007 by Project HOPE