The RN field is growing still, with thousands of new jobs being added every year. To practice as a registered nurse you’ve got to be qualified though. Becoming a nurse is difficult, but not impossible. If you find that you can’t make it through nursing school, there are also plenty of other healthcare related fields to get in to. Here though are the requirements to becoming a registered nurse. Do keep in mind though that they vary by each state, but these are generally the guidelines.

- Education. Get your requirements taken care of. Get an AA degree which can be done in a couple of years.
– Nursing program. These courses are all directly related to the nursing field.
– Pass the NCLEX-RN. It stands for “National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses”. Every state requires that you pass this test. You also need to go through clinical hours which is required by every state.
– Become specialized. Some employers require nurses to hold special credentials. Fields include gerontology nursing, pediatric nursing or ambulatory nursing.

If you feel like you can meet these requirements, the jobs are there. You could earn a good medical assistant salary, as this sector is expected to grow by over 500,000 jobs over the next 10 years.

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