Requirements to Become a Registered Nurse

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In order to become a registered nurse, a person will need an education from a college or university, and he will need to pass his boards, which are known as the NCLEX. Advance from a graduate nurse to a registered nurse with help from a licensed RN in this free video on nursing jobs and health care.

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Hi, my name is Kayti Brosnan. I'm a nurse here in Austin, Texas and I'm going to tell you what the requirements to becoming a Registered Nurse are. The first thing is that you need to have an education within a college settings or university settings. So you can get that in three ways. You can get a Bachelors of Science in Nursing; you can get an Associates Degree in Nursing or you can get a Diploma which you get within a hospital that's a three year program and it's a school within a hospital setting. The next thing you need to do is pass your boards which are also called the NCLEX. Once you pass those, you will advance from a GN or a Graduate Nurse to an RN or Registered Nurse. At that point you can start working within a hospital; you can actually work in a hospital as a GN until you take your boards and then you'll be working as an RN. And in most hospitals they have a program where once you come out of school, you're in a residency or an intern program, depending upon the floor and the specialty you're working. So you'll be in that program for, anywhere from three to six months and then you'll advance onto the floor and you'll be caring for your patients single handedly. So, and the other thing to maintain your, your nursing license is you need to maintain at least 20 CEUs or Continuing Education hours or units every two years and you'll also have to renew your license every two years. And those are the requirements to becoming a Registered Nurse.

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