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Starting On The Path Toward Being A Registered Nurse Or Licensed Practical Nurse
There are two main paths you can take to get started in nursing: becoming a licensed practical nurse (called a vocational practicing nurse in some states) or a registered nurse.
One good strategy to keep in mind: You may be able to save yourself a bundle by getting started as a working (LPN), and then getting your employer to pay for you to study for an RN degree and eventually even a BSN degree. A variety of abbreviated degree or certificate programs can prepare you to take the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing) exam you must pass to become a licensed practical nurse.
An ADN is truly a college-level associate’s degree, and you will be required to have some liberal arts prerequisites already completed, usually with a minimum grade of B, before you can start on your nursing courses. The payoff, however, is that you will be trained to work with patients and their doctors more as an advisor, and you’ll earn more.
More tips here on how to get started with an entry-level nursing job
Top Online Programs In Nursing:
Indiana State University
American Sentinel University
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