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Because you already have a bachelor's degree, an option that is the shortest in terms of time, energy and expense, is an associates in science of nursing. Some transfer credits towards your grade, however, if you have not completed the prerequisites particular to nursing, it will take approximately three years. If you have, it will still take close to two years, due to the sequential nature of the professional phase nursing courses. In other words, typically for most nursing curriculum's you will have to complete the following (if not already done so). * Human anatomy and physiology I* Human anatomy and physiology II* Microbiology* Chemistry (inorganic, organic, and biochemistry)* English composition* General psychology* psychology* Sociology* Humanities electivesIn in addition there is pharmacology. Some schools include this within the first phase of the nursing course, while others as a single course. I understand that has completed at least some of the above within your bachelors degree. What you have not, you will need to complete. I recommend completing all of the above before attempting to enter the professional phase courses because of the intensity of the program. Some schools will combine some of the above with nursing courses, which for many students proves too much and the wind is abandonment or not. After the above is completed, it will still take approximately two years to complete the rest of the program with each nursing course taking one semester to complete as follows. * Nursing I (first semester)* Nursing II (second semester)* Nursing III (third semester)* Nursing IV (fourth semester)the above is only a general overview of how most nursing programs are designed. Others may vary slightly. Therefore, as you can see, your heart should really be in this. This is all possible for you, however, you have to be 100% committed. Now, there are other options. Please read carefully the following, as per the U.S. Department of Labor, and follow-up on the link I have provided below this answer box.The three major educational paths to registered nursing are a bachelor's degree, an associate degree, and a diploma from an approved nursing program. Nurses most commonly enter the occupation by completing an associate's degree or bachelor's degree program. Individuals then must complete a national licensing exam to obtain a nursing license. In addition to training or education can qualify nurses to work in specialty areas, and may help improve advancement opportunities. The education and training. There are three major educational paths to registered nursing-a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate degree in nursing (ADN), and a diploma. BSN programs, offered by colleges and universities, take about 4 years to complete. In 2006, 709 nursing programs offered degrees at the baccalaureate level. ADN programs offered by community and junior colleges, take about 2 to 3 years to complete. About 850 RN programs granted associate degrees. Diploma programs, administered in hospitals, last about 3 years. Only about 70 programs that offer diplomas. Generally, licensed graduates of any of the three types of educational programs qualify for entry-level positions.Many RNs with an ADN or diploma later enter bachelor's programs to prepare for a broader scope of nursing practice. Often, you can find an entry-level position and then take advantage of tuition reimbursement benefits to work toward a BSN by completing an RN-to-BSN program. In 2006, there were 629 RN-to-BSN programs in the united States. Accelerated masters in nursing (MSN) programs also are available by combining 1 year of an accelerated BSN program with 2 years of post-graduate studies. In 2006, there were 149 RN-to-MSN programs.Accelerated BSN programs also are available for people who have a bachelor's or higher degree in another field and who are interested in moving into nursing. In 2006, 197 of these programs were available. Accelerated BSN programs last 12 to 18 months and provide the fastest route to a BSN for individuals who already have a degree. MSN programs also are available for people who possess a bachelor's or higher degree in another field.Individuals considering nursing should carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages of participating in a BSN or MSN program because, if they do, their advancement opportunities usually are broader. In fact, some career paths are open only to nurses with bachelor's or master's degree. A bachelor's degree is often necessary for administrative positions and is a prerequisite for admission to graduate nursing programs in research, consulting and teaching, and all four advanced practice nursing specialties clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, nurse-midwives, and nurses. Individuals who complete a degree receive more training in areas such as communication, leadership and critical thinking, all of which are increasingly important as nursing care becomes more complex. In addition, the bachelor's degree programs offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. Education beyond a bachelor's degree can also help students looking to enter certain fields or increase advancement opportunities. In 2006, 448 nursing schools offered master's degrees, 108 offered doctoral degrees, and 58 offered accelerated BSN-to-doctoral programs.All four advanced practice nursing specialties require at least a master's degree. Most programs include about 2 years of full-time study and require a BSN degree for entry; some programs require at least 1 to 2 years of clinical experience as an RN for admission. In 2006, there were 342 master's and post-master's programs offered for nurse practitioners, 230 master's degrees and post-masters programs for clinical nurse specialists, 106 programs for nurse anesthetists, and 39 programs for nurse-midwives.All nursing education programs include classroom instruction and supervised clinical experience in hospitals and other health care facilities. Students take courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology and other behavioral sciences and nursing. The coursework also includes the liberal arts for ADN and BSN students.The supervised clinical experience is provided in hospital departments such as pediatrics, psychiatry, maternity and surgery. A growing number of programs include clinical experience in nursing care facilities, public health departments, home health agencies, and outpatient clinics. Licensing and certification. In all States, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories, students must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass a national licensing examination known as the NCLEX-RN, in order to obtain a nursing license. Nurses may be licensed in more than one State, either by examination or by endorsement of a license issued by another State. The Nurse License Compact Agreement allows a nurse who is licensed and permanently resides in one of the member States to practice in other member States without obtaining additional licenses. In 2006, 20 states were members of the covenant, while 2 more are pending membership. All States require periodic renewal of licenses, which may require continuing education.Certification is common, and sometimes necessary, for the four advanced practice nursing specialties clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, nurse-midwives, and nurses. After the completion of their educational programs, most advanced practice nurses become nationally certified in their area of specialty. The certification also is available in specialty areas for all nurses. In some States, certification in a specialty is required for the practice of this specialty.Foreign-educated and foreign-born nurses wishing to work in the united States must obtain a work visa. To obtain the visa, nurses must undergo a federal screening program to ensure that their education and license are comparable to that of a U.S. educated nurse, that they have competence in written and spoken English, and who has passed the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) Qualifying Examination or the NCLEX-RN. CGFNS administers the VisaScreen Program. (The Commission is an immigration-neutral, nonprofit organization that is internationally recognized as an authority on credentials evaluation in the health field.) Nurses educated in Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, or foreign-born nurses who were educated in the united States, are exempt from the language proficiency testing. In addition to these national requirements, foreign-born nurses must obtain state licensure in order to practice in the united States. Each State has its own requirements for licensing. Other qualifications. Nurses should be caring, sympathetic, responsible and detail-oriented. They must be able to direct or supervise others, correctly assess patients, and determine when consultation is required. They need emotional stability to cope with human suffering, emergencies and other stress situations. Advancement. Some RNs start their careers as licensed practical nurses or nursing aides and then go back to school to receive their RN degree. Most RNs begin as staff nurses in hospitals, and with experience and good performance often move to other settings or are promoted to more responsible positions. In management, nurses can advance from assistant unit manger or head nurse to more high-level administrative roles of assistant director, director, vice president, or chief of staff nursing. Increasingly, management-level nursing positions require a graduate or an advanced degree in nursing or health services administration. Administrative positions require leadership, communication and negotiation skills, and good judgment.Some nurses move into the business side of health care. Their nursing expertise and experience on a health care team equip them for managing ambulatory, acute, home-based and chronic care. Employers, including hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and managed care organizations, among others-need RNs for health planning and development, marketing, consulting, policy development, and quality assurance. Other nurses work as college and university faculty or conduct research. For the source and more detailed information concerning your request, click on the related links section (u.s. Department of Labor) indicated below this answer box.
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