Learn How to Become a Nurse

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After you become a nurse…

  • Continuing education: Nurses are required to complete continuing education courses, usually every two years. Check with your state nursing board for requirements.
  • Get certified: If you decide to specialize in a certain area of nursing, consider earning professional certification. This cements your commitment to the field and demonstrates your skill set to employers.
  • Earn an advanced degree: Earning a master’s degree will qualify you for a career as a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse midwife, and certified nurse anesthetist.