Positve advice on how to be a RN

  1. Hi,

    I am a graduate of a bachelors degree in Communications and I want to be a registered nurse. I need to know what good schools in LA, I can enroll which offers scholarships or a community college, because I can't afford to pay.

    I need some list so I can inquire. I also need to know the what things I need or what things I should do to prepare in getting in.(exams.. etc.) And how many years will I study to be an RN.

    I apologize if I have so many questions. I am just interested in studying RN.

    Thanks so much!
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  3. by   Kathy Gallimore
    Already having a BS even if it is in another area should help you very much. Some of the schools offer students like yourself a fast tract course at least in Tennessee anyway. You should go for a BS in nursing for they are leaning more towards this degree. Some of the criteria have been cut back recently. You can go anywhere between 19mos. and 4 years. Sorry I can't help more. Good luck! Hope you like nursing. Kathy
  4. by   Katnip
    As far as finding lists of schools and their criteria, I'd do a search on the web for nursing schools in your state, or just start looking up schools and see what they have to offer as far as nursing.

    Most schools will publish on the web what prereqs and other requirements you need, plus a contact name of a person who can help you.

    Every school has different requirements.
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes

    The above is the first place to look for a school near you and what kind of RN programs they offer. You would be a shoe-in for an accelerated program, but you need to get your pre-req classes knocked out first. (anatomy/physiology, microbiology, dev psych etc.). Find the program/university you are interested in, visit with their nursing dept personnel and get the degree plan. That is the first step. Shadow an RN a few shifts to get a "lay of the land" so to speak to see if it's for you.

    I wish you the best of luck. We need people who want to be nurses, badly. Welcome to the boards!