How To Become A Nurse – Learn Why A Nursing Career Is For You

Are you ready to make a difference in someone’s life? Becoming a nurse offers a very rewarding career with an employment outlook that is only going to increase year after year.  As one of the largest populations (the “baby boomers”) enter their senior years, more and more nursing professionals will be needed.

There are many different nursing licenses ranging from one year certification to full post graduate degrees from accredited universities.  All of these nursing career choices have their advantages and you will be able to read about each of them here at whybecomeanurse.com

To start your journey of becoming a nurse please click on your state below.  You will find very specific details as to what the requirements are to become a licensed nurse in your state.  Good Luck!

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What’s the Job Outlook For Nursing Careers?

The job outlook for nurses is extremely good.  Fortunately, nursing is a near ‘depression’ proof career as people are always sick and require individuals with a care taking skill set.  In fact, its speculated that the demand for licensed nurses is going to increase over 26% in the next 10 years.   If you’ve ever considered a career in nursing, now is the best time to start.

How Much Do Nurses Get Paid?

Nursing salaries can vary depending on many factors. This includes but isn’t limited to what type of nurse (LPN, BSN, MSN etc). Also, which state you live in and whether you work in a hospital vs a clinic will play a role in pay. Shift differentials and nursing specialties can add to a nurses pay as well.

Salary.com shows the a historic average salary for nursing ranges between $50,000 – $75,000+.

What Type of Nursing Degrees Are Out There?

There are several different nursing degrees one can pursue when looking to become a nurse.  Each one requires a different level of education and licensing exam.

  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) – 12-18 month certification program. Duties are minimal in comparison to registered nurses. LPN’s typically complete minor care tasks that don’t require administering of drugs or making initial assessments.
  • Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) - A two year nursing degree that can be obtained from many community colleges. This is the minimum degree necessary to become a registered nurse in most states.
  • Bachelor Degree in Nursing (BSN) – A BSN is typically preferred in most hiring scenarios and requires a full four year education from an accredited university or college.
  • Masters of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN) – A MSN is required to become an advanced practicing nurse such as a Nurse Practitioner a certified Nurse Anesthetist  or .  A BSN is required before an individual can pursue a masters degree in nursing.

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