I'm currently a junior in High School and I know the area of nursing I'd like, but I'm a tad bit confused on the steps in becoming a nurse. My plan was to attend a 4 yr. accredited state univ. or college majoring in nursing, get a Bachelor's after 4yrs. then take that NCLEX (sp?) test, and become registered. Do I then get to pick my specialty? I mean, how does that work out? Please help, thanks.
i would like to commend you neonatal hope04 on your choice of future profession so young!
because you know the path in which you want to go ~ bsn ~ you can specialize more now as a graduate nurse (gn) before even setting for the nclex-rn because of the current nursing shortage...a shortage that i'm afraid will still be around when you finish school because of the *baby boomers* whom are expected to retire very shortly. so if you're interested in nicu...you should have no problems in getting that position somewhere.
good luck in your endeavors!
Last edit by SKM-NURSIEPOOH on Feb 7, '03