How Long Does It Take to Become a Registered Nurse?

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Becoming a registered nurse represents a challenging educational path for many. But becoming a registered nurse also provides workers with a guarantee of lifelong work. As long as people get sick and hurt, the world will employ registered nurses.

How to become a registered nurse starts with you.

  1. Have a deep desire to serve people. Of course, you can learn all the skills and facts necessary to work as a registered nurse; however, the desire to help people must be intrinsic. A registered nurse must place patients, families and other care providers’ needs before herself. Becoming a registered nurse means placing your person comfort and desires behind those of others.
  2. Be good at science. Naturally, you can and will improve your knowledge of the sciences, such as anatomy and physiology as you are becoming a RN. But possessing natural aptitude and understanding of the sciences can only help you as you train to become a registered nurse.
  3. Select the right LPN school. The schools providing education for registered nurses have a limited number of openings available, despite the big demand for registered nurses. About one-third of qualified candidates to a RN program are turned down. Part of the reason is that just as many experienced registered nurses are retiring, many educators in nursing are retiring. Plus, nursing salaries are much higher than educator salaries. Many successful RNs began their educational journey as a licensed practical nurse. You have many choices for schools that can help you become a licensed practical nurse. Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health is approved by the New Hampshire Board of Nursing and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Rest assured, your LPN education is solid with Salter. Once you achieve the LPN credential, you have a much better chance at acceptance at a registered nurse program, especially considering the high industry regard for Salter’s LPN program. In the meantime, you’ll improve your core competencies as a nurse and gain invaluable experience that can only enhance your career once you’re a registered nurse.
  4. Dedicate yourself to study. The coursework for becoming a LPN is rigorous. Plan to study at least two hours per credit hour of class that you’re taking. This may mean delegating some of your responsibilities and/or cutting back on work to ensure you have sufficient time to dedicate to your class work. Immersing yourself in your studies will pay off in manifold benefits later as you become a licensed practical nurse and, later, registered nurse.
  5. Complete your LPN education. Once you finish your coursework with Salter in about 11 months, you’re ready to achieve licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse by taking and passing the NCLEX-PN examination. At this point, you can gain experience as a licensed practical nurse.
  6. Pursue the RN. Numerous part-time “bridge” programs are available online and in person to help you earn an associate’s degree in nursing while working.