RN Diploma And BSN?

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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.


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You don't have to pick a specialty to work in til after graduation. You will be rotated through med/surg, pediatrics, ob/gyn, a little OR, and public health as part of your training. Those are the usual areas schools hit anyway.


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Specializes in ER, ICU, Corrections.

There were only 3 of the "specialites" that we rotated through when I graduated from my ADN program. We had med/surg, OB and mental health. I worked as med/surg nurse after graduation and then ICU. I did that for about 4 years and then found my real niche.....correctional nursing. I guess that is part of public health but I do like it. Good luck and I hope that you keep up with your dreams. :p

There are 3 paths you can take to becoming a nurse: you can go to a 3 year diploma program (usually run by a hospital and these programs are slowly dwindling), a 2 year associates program, or a four year bachelor's degree. Graduates of all 3 programs take the same exam to become licensed-- the NCLEX. If you would like to eventually go into management or get a master's degree, you will need to obtain a bachelor's degree. In my program we have clinical rotations in several areas: Women's Health, Med/Surg, Community Health, Psych, Peds, Gerontology, and Nursing Research. These clinicals can really help you get an idea of what you may like to do when you graduate. I hope to get a job in an ICU when I graduate in September.

Specializes in LTC/Peds/ICU/PACU/CDI.

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!



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you can specialize more now as a graduate nurse (GN) before even setting for the NCLEX-RN

i am new to all of this and this confuses me, can you explain a little better?

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