im totally clueless

  1. my best friend is starting school this fall, she wants to become a nurse, however....i have no idea what shes talking about!!!!!!!
    i dont have the slightest clue on how to go about to become a nurse or what types of nurses are there or what LP, RN, or whatever else means....can someone explain to me how this works?????????
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  3. by   P_RN
    See about getting some catalogs from schools that have Nursing Divisions. You will also need to take either the SAT or the ACT, tests used for admission. Each program is slightly different so the general and science requirements will be.

    RN=registered nurse....

    LPN=licensed practical nurse }
    LVN=licensed vocational nurse} same

    Did you do well in highschool? Are you interested in science and logic? Do you want to help people? Talk with your friend and ask her how she decided it was right for her.

    Good luck
  4. by   BadBird
    I suggest you meet with a advisor at whatever college you choose, they can tell you what is required and answer most questions.
  5. by   nursestudent
    Dear ARI,

    There are so many different types of nursing! If nursing is for you, you will find your niche somewhere. There's school nurses, hospital nurses, nursing home nurses, doctor's office nurses, nursing administrators, private nurses, home health nurses, military nurses, missionary nurses....the list goes on and on!

    You can also specialize in a certain area...such as be an OB nurse, a Nurse Practitioner, an ER nurse......

    You might want to call your local hospital and ask about jobshadowing a nurse. I haven't been able to do that becuase of our hospital's insurance policy, but I know that some hospitals are open to jobshadowing. I'm not sure where you live (I'm in CA), but our Office of Ed has a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) program for FREE--it lasts 10 weeks. Doing something like that would definitely give you a taste for the hospital setting.

    Right now I'm about to begin my nursing prerequisities, so I've been really looking into nursing. I'd love to hear what you decide, and you're welcome to e-mail me directly if you want.

    ~Caryn (sesser@saber.net)

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