i'm going to give you a bunch of links to information for you to read so you know what the job descriptions of a cna (nursing assistant), lpn and rn are. i am also giving you the websites where you can get lots of information about nursing and how to become a nurse. on the discover nursing website you will find a link there that has a listing of the many different areas in nursing that you can work in with more links to get more information about them. because being an rn generally means going to a college i usually advise people to go to the collegeboard website (it's listed below). although it is the primarily known as the website to get information for the s.a.t. and c.l.e.p. exams it also has a great deal of information on what you need to do to choose a college and get into a college. i would also encourage you to do a websearch and go to the website for your state department of education. some states have special programs and financial assistance in place for adults who want to go back to school to become trained in a career. you should also check the website of your state board of lpn/rn nursing to see if there are any scholarships available. because of the current nursing shortage that is expected to remain, there are a number of organizations that are doing what they can to assist future nurses finance their nursing educations in many different ways. you can find your state board of nursing website link through allnurses by rolling your mouse over the "links" button at the top right of this page if you are logged in. a drop down menu will appear. click on "boards of nursing". a page of states will come up. click on your state. a link to your state board of nursing will come up. i also suggest that you begin hanging out and reading what the pre-nursing students have to say and what they are going through to prepare for admission to a nursing school on the pre-nursing forum on allnurses. you might also check out the cna-nursing assistant forum on allnurses as well to find out how to become a cna and what being a cna entails.
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- the cna - nursing assistant discussions forum on allnurses
- the pre-nursing student forum on allnurses
- information on nursing assistants (cna) from the u.s. department of labor
- about lpn nursing from the u.s. department of labor
- about registered nursing from the u.s. department of labor
- a very nice information page from the association of women's health, obstetric and neonatal nurses on being a nurse, salary you can expect to make, types of nursing degrees, nursing specialties with weblinks to some of the major professional nursing organizations, the nurse reinvestment act, and some information and how to search for scholarships and financial aid.
- how to become a lpn along with a list of some online programs you can contact about lpn training.
- a listing of nursing schools by state with links to their web sites. the list is not
comprehensive. you can get an official list of official state board approved nursing schools from your state board of nursing.
- information on the various pre-nursing exams that some nursing schools require you to take as part of their decision to admit you to their nursing school
- the official site of the college board which administrates the sat and clep tests. the plan for college, find a college and apply to college boxes are links to lots information on these subjects for you to explore.