Median hourly wage: $42.54
Prerequisites encouraged prior to enrollment in nursing program: English - 4 years, Math - 3-4 years (including algebra and geometry), Science - 2-4 years (including biology and chemistry; physics and computer science are recommended), Social Studies - 3-4 years, Foreign Language - 2 years; background check required before enrollment and will include county, statewide, and federal screening; students who have reason to believe that a background check would reveal a prior misdemeanor or felony must get these matters expunged from their record prior to being admitted into a nursing program
High School Diploma/GED Certificate
Choose type of nursing school: LVN to RN takes 18-24 months depending on program; Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs take 2-3 years and prepares you to provide registered nursing care in many settings; Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) take 4 years and prepares you to provide registered nursing care in many settings and to move to administrative and leadership positions; Entry Level Master's Program in Nursing (ELM) is designed for adults who have bachelor's degree in another field and are interested in becoming a RN, takes 1-2 years depending on how many nursing course prerequisites already completed.
Licensing is required in California by the California State Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). You must meet educational requirements, pass a criminal background check, and pass the national licensing examination. Application packet and additional background check required, along with passing of the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX). Apply for an Interim Permit if you wish to work in a supervised nursing capacity while awaiting the results of your examination.
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Registered Nurse. RNs work as part of a team with physicians and other healthcare specialists, providing and coordinating patient care, educating patients and the public about various health conditions, and providing advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.
Educational Opportunities for Advancement
1st step up & time required
Complete a master's degree program in one of the specialty roles and apply for Advanced Practice Certification in one or more of the following: Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Nurse Anesthetist (NA), Nurse-Midwife (NMW), Nurse-Midwife Furnishing Number (NMF), Nurse Practitioner (NP), Nurse Practitioner Furnishing Number (NPF), Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse (PMH), Public Health Nurse (PHN); 2-3 years required, varies by program.
2nd step up & time required
Complete post-master's program for advanced specialized training in areas such as: Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS); Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP); Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP); Nursing Administration; Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP); 6 months to 3 years required, varies by program; Nursing Education; Parent-Child Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS); Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
3rd step up & time required
Nurse educator, through Master's degree specialty or Ph.D. programs, plus teaching credential requirements; 2-4 years based on program