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Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate's degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program.
In all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories, registered nurses must have a nursing license. To become licensed, nurses must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).
Nurses may become certified through professional associations in specific areas, such as ambulatory care, gerontology, and pediatrics, among others. Although certification is usually voluntary, it demonstrates adherence to a higher standard, and some employers require it.
Yes. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an increased demand for registered nurses (RNs). Additionally, according to Indeed's Hiring Lab, the top job title search in 2019 among employers was for registered nurses.
Registered nurses should include the following skills on their resume if applicable:
If you have a nursing degree and don't want to be a registered nurse, here are some other career options to consider: