How to become a Registered Nurse
Anytime is a great time to be a nurse. Currently, the job market for nurses is growing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment opportunities for nurses will grow at a faster than average pace between 2008-2018, adding over a quarter million jobs. This increase is due to the aging population, changes in health care, and the fact that currently licensed registenurses are nearing retirement age.
Nursing is more than just a job - it is a calling. To be a great nurse, you must have certain personality characteristics, such as empathy, patience, good communication skills, critical thinking skills, and integrity. It requires that you are emotionally stable, because you will encounter traumatic and stressful situations. And since nursing is a physical occupation and often requires long hours, you must also be physically fit.
At Hondros College, we understand that nursing education is much more than just book knowledge. That is one of the reasons that our students start their clinical experience in week 6 of the program, so that they can benefit from hands-on learning experience throughout their education.
To become a Registered Nurse, you must take the required course work to earn an Associate Degree in Nursing. Upon successfully completing the education, you are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam, and upon passing, can become a Registered Nurse.
The 1+1 program at Hondros College allows you to earn your Associate Degree in Nursing and your Registered Nurse license in just 2 1/2 years. This is the same license that you will earn in a traditional 4 year program.
The Associate Degree in Nursing program is offered at the Westerville, Fairborn, and West Chester campuses.
It will be offered at the Cleveland campus in 2012.
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