6 Steps you Should Take to get into Nursing School

1. Define which type nurse you want to be

  • While surface care may seem like a simple profession, there are several different levels and specialties in this area. The fastest way to get a nurse is to get a nurse practitioner (LPN) license. If you decide to take the LPN route, you will have the right to take medicine, check patients' vital signs, and perform various tasks under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN).

  • Some RNs also want to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN). BSN qualified nurses often perform the same duties as ADN nurses, but they are also entitled to more leadership and management positions. Once you have received BSN, you still have the opportunity to pursue a nurse career with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), which is a great option for those who would like to work in leadership or teaching positions in the field of nursing sick.

  • If you are looking for more medical responsibilities, becoming an RN may be the more appropriate way. PHs serve as a direct link with patients, expertly coordinating the necessary medical care, education and support. You can become an RN with a nurse diploma (ADN).

  • Whether you are looking for opportunities for a nurse who are relatively less stressed, have great earning potential, or are in particularly high demand as soon as you know which path you want to choose, this is a research question.

 

2. Define which type of education you’ll need

  • As you approach the definition of the type of nurse you want to become, you will want to start exploring the features associated with the educational obligations that are expected of you. For example, if you want to become an LPN, you can get a diploma in just 12 months.

  • There is also the opportunity for RN practitioners who do not yet have a bachelor's qualification to get BSN in just 18 months with the RN to BSN online programs. And finally, if you are hoping to advance your career with MSN, you first need to earn BSN, and then go through at least another 18 months of training to qualify for a master's degree.

  • If you are more partial to the job responsibilities and opportunities that you might expect as an RN, you can earn your ADNs in just 18-24 months, while the traditional BSN route is more likely to take just 33 months. If you have already received a bachelor's degree in another field and would like to receive a BSN as a second degree, you can complete the program closer to 18 months.
     

3. Research different nursing programs
 

  • Some argue that narrowing down the nursing programs you would like to attend can be even more nervous than the application process itself. The more research you do, the more you realize that care programs are far from universal.

  • When you start digging into the details of programs that interest you, there are a few key points you can look for that often mean a high-quality nursing program:
     

  • Accreditation. It is imperative to make sure that the programs you choose have received the appropriate accreditation to train nurses. Without a diploma from an accredited institution, you will not be able to participate in NCLEX.
     

  • Curriculum: since we now know that not all patient care programs are created equally, it is important to study the approach of a program to care. See if you can identify any specific theories of nursing or the types of educational models on which they work and determine if they fit your professional goals.

  • Flexible learning options. If you are looking for a program with flexible features such as online or nightly activities, be sure to identify this at the very beginning of the process.

  • Nursing Experience: Training under the guidance of highly skilled, experienced nurses is the best way to learn how to achieve the same success for yourself. Do not be afraid to ask about the potential faculty of the school and their experience in this area.

  • Student support services: from the support that you will need on the way to graduation, to help you find a career after graduation, student service offers can be a big difference from one nursing program to another.


4. Apply to your chosen programs
 

  • Once you have decided on the type of nurse you want to become, and found the programs that interest you, it's time to apply. Filling out an application may seem tedious, but it’s useful to remember that everyone who has the same goals as you should do this at some point.

  • Also note that many nurses find it helpful to block a few hours when the time comes to fill out an application. You will need to carefully follow the instructions for use and any additional materials that are required of you, such as essays and letters of recommendation.

  • Do not forget to carefully monitor any deadlines indicated on the program website, and, if at all possible, submit an application in advance - this can help strengthen your desire and dedication, as well as show the school that you are prepared and reliable. It will also give you extra time so that program staff can contact you if any additional application materials are required before the deadline.

5. Attending a nursing information session

  • Many schools will have information sessions for prospective students who want to learn more about their program. In fact, some of them require this if you plan to enroll in courses at their school.

  • In these classes, you will have the opportunity to meet with some important faculty members, you will learn more about what you can expect from this particular program, and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Even if this is technically not a prerequisite for the school of your choice, it is always useful to familiarize yourself with the program and prepare.

6. Pass the entrance exam

  • While some schools rely on other grades to study reading, maths, science, and English with nursing candidates, most programs use the Basic Academic Skills Test (TEAS). This is a standardized exam conducted by the Institute for Assessment Technology.
     

  • If you weren’t too indifferent to standard tests in elementary school, the idea of ​​taking another test of this kind can make you especially nervous. Do not forget to prepare yourself for the big day by passing practical tests on the Internet, forming study groups and reading expert advice for taking the test. Knowing what to expect is the key to success, and good preparation for the examination room will give you confidence and help you succeed.
     

  • Financial aid Once you have been accepted to the nursing school, the next step is to figure out how to pay for it.
    Start by filling out the Free Student Assistance Application (FAFSA). Using your current financial and family situations, FAFSA determines what government assistance you are entitled to, including loans, grants, and studies.

     

  • In addition, scholarships are a great way to fill any funding gap. You can find rewards that are available for all types of students, as well as others, designed for those who have certain specialties, work experience, cultural characteristics and much more.
     

  • Student loan forgiveness In addition to preparing for a successful career, another advantage of attending a nursing school is that it gives you the opportunity to take advantage of several loan forgiveness programs. Nurses have more resources than most when it comes to these programs, with federal initiatives that provide students with up to tens of thousands of dollars.
     

What about online nursing schools?
 

  • Another question you ask yourself is whether the program format matches your life. While many students are still attending traditional campus programs, more people are looking for online options that will allow them to graduate, balancing other responsibilities in their lives. The good news is that these programs exist in a hybrid format. In these cases, the practical clinical part of your term paper will need to be conducted in person, but most of your non-clinical activities can be done online.

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