Question about becoming an RN

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    Well hello everyone.. I am 17 years old male and i will be a senior in highschool in a few months. I have a couple of questions about becoming an RN. I am aware that you can become an RN from a cummunity college or a 4 year university. What is better, like when you appply for jobs. And are these the only schooling that i need? Do i need to do something before i go to college. What about after i do college. Any test that i need to take that my college wont offer me and such to become a rn.

    I want to be a RN at a school or at a hospital.

    And what type of work do RN's do at hosiptials(not really sure)? do they fix broken fingers/treat burns?

    Oh and i am from New york. So i was wondering if their ALOT of jobs available for registered nurses or are the jobs all taken?
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    lots of questions. let's see if we can help.


    well hello everyone.. i am 17 years old male and i will be a senior in highschool in a few months. i have a couple of questions about becoming an rn. i am aware that you can become an rn from a cummunity college or a 4 year university. what is better, like when you appply for jobs. and are these the only schooling that i need?

    both the community college rn, which awards an associates degree, and the 4 year college rn which is a bachelor's degree, both start out on equal footing as rns with the same entry-level skills. depending on your individual situtation, such as finances, etc. you might consider getting the 4-year degree when you graduate, as you are young and going straight to college from high school. this will also give you the "university experience" which so many people appreciate.

    do i need to do something before i go to college.
    you should go ahead and take high school chemistry, biology and algerbra if you haven't already.

    what about after i do college. any test that i need to take that my college wont offer me and such to become a rn.

    yes, there is an examine given by the state called "nclex". the good thing is that you only take it once and it's a national exam recognized by all states.

    i want to be a rn at a school or at a hospital. and what type of work do rn's do at hosiptials(not really sure)? do they fix broken fingers/treat burns?

    that's a bit much to answer in a post. rns manage just about every aspect of patient care from injuries, burns to extreme critical illnesses such as respiratory failure.

    oh and i am from new york. so i was wondering if their alot of jobs available for registered nurses or are the jobs all taken?

    i'm not from new york, so i can't answer that. hopefully someone in the know will follow me with a answer. the future looks bright for rns in most states and areas though, so don't worry.

    feel free to answer any questions that you might have!

    good luck!
    Last edit by Tweety on Jul 3, '08
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    Thanks alot tweety! You answered my questions very well :spin:

    Although i asked a question on Yahoo.com and someone said i need to take some preequeisite program

    Just remember that you need to take your nursing prerequisite classes before you'll be accepted into the program
    Do i need what this person is talking about? or will i get all the stuff i need at a university
    Last edit by Jelet on Jul 2, '08
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    Quote from Jelet
    Thanks alot tweety! You answered my questions very well :spin:

    Although i asked a question on Yahoo.com and someone said i need to take some preequeisite program

    Do i need what this person is talking about? or will i get all the stuff i need at a university
    Most schools nowadays have pre-reqs, indluding the community college level. These are taken at your community college and include classes such as Microbiology, Anatomy and Phisiology I & II, Pyschology, etc. and when those are done you apply to the nursing program. The pre-requisites differ from school to school. If you don't get Algerbra and Chemistry in high school, then those are pre-reqs you'd have to take at your community college as well.

    The pre-requisites for a 4-year degree, include the first two years of General Education classes (English, Math, Science, Humanities, etc.) and then you apply for nursing school your last two years.

    It's a pleasure to help and answer questions. Please feel free to come back and ask more.
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    Also, many programs require and entrance exam to show where you place in math and English and reading, and if you need some remedial courses.

    It can be a rough road, but we've all done it and you can too!
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    Alright, so i should ask the college that i will apply to if they offer the pre-reqs class'es before the nurseing program? Also, so the first 2 years of college at a university, i will take the pre-reqs then after that i will take the 2 year program nurseing at the same college?

    What about for cummunity college, how would that work out since its only 2 years. I would just go go to a cummunity college for 4 years ? o.o a little confused
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    If the community college has a nursing program, then they also have the pre-req classes you need to take there as well.

    It does get a little confusing. Becoming an RN at a community college usually takes more than two years. You take about one year of pre-reqs and then 2 years of nursing school and graduate with an Associates Degree in Nursing and become a Registered nurse when you pass NCLEX. What's even more confusing is the pre-reqs have pre-reqs such as Biology, Chemistry, and Algerbra which you can take at a high school level, but if you haven't then you take those first and then start the pre-reqs.

    The four-year degree, the Bachelors of Science in Nursing is 2 years of pre-reqs and general education following by the two years of nursing school, after which you take NCLEX and become an RN.

    To make it even more confusing, you can take the ADN route, and later do a bridge that is called RN to BSN or ADN to BSN and get a bachelor's degree that way.

    Good luck! Please keep asking questions if it's not clear to you.
    Last edit by Tweety on Jul 3, '08
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    Thanks alot !! I'm not really confused anymore:spin:

    My last question would be, when people are hireing rn's if someone has a 4 year degree and i have a 2 year degree, would they take the 4 year degree over me? or will they look at it the same?

    Also, i can earn $60,000 a year with a cummunity college degree and even more (not at start. but over time..) right?


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    Good question. Most of the time, if there's plenty of openings then the degree really doesn't matter and you can easily find a job. However, if you're applying at a place with only one opening and they can pick and choose, then the BSN might be picked. Then again many old school nurses still think ADNs have been clinical skills and pick them over the "book smart" BSNs. So there's a lot of variables.

    $60,000 a year working 3 12-hour shifts is $32.00 an hour. Certainly you can make this kind of money in New York with an ADN.

    Nights and weekends pay more, so if you're willing to do that, and work some overtime here and there making $60,000 a year isn't that difficult at all with an ADN.
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    alright cool. thanks alot. Before coming to this forum i was thinking about becoming a CPA Accountant and if i didnt get accpeted into a 4 year college for that i was planning on becoming an rn at a cummunity college. but now i am debating to be an accountant or an rn lol. thanks for your help tweety. you really cleared alot of stuff on my mind


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