What are the steps for a nurse aide to become a registered nurse (RN)?

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What are the steps for a nurse aide to become a registered nurse (RN)?

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Nurse aides, also known as nursing assistants, have to undergo the traditional educational path to become registered nurses. This involves getting an associate's degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor of science in nursing degree (BSN). Of course, having healthcare experience as a nurse aide is a good advantage when applying for one of these undergraduate nursing programs. ADN programs usually take two years to complete and BSNs take four. BSN programs usually involve more advanced education and training than ADN programs. As a result, completing a BSN program will provide you better job opportunities and higher salaries. However, an ADN will prepare you to start working in less time. After you get your degree, you will have to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). If you get a passing score on this exam, you will become a registered nurse.

For more information about registered nurses, check out this article: Becoming a Registered Nurse: Education and Career Roadmap

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