As a Second Career
It’s never too late. At any stage of your life, nursing is a great choice because good nurses are always in demand, it’s challenging, and you’ll use your experience and creativity to change lives every day.
Get there with a bridge program
A bridge program lets you use your previous experience to become a nurse faster. If you have a degree in another field, an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) can be the quickest way in. If you have a healthcare certification, you won’t have to repeat training you’ve already done.
After earning a nursing degree, you have to pass the NCLEX-RN – a standardized exam set by the Board of Nursing in each state that shows you’re certified to work as a Registered Nurse.
In their own words
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I'm a second career nurse. What's wonderful about nursing, is that it's very accessible after you've already been to school or college for another type of degree.”
Telemetry Nurse
When I went to school for the second time, my outlook, my self-discipline, was totally different.”
Nurse Anesthetist

Notes on Nursing Podcast

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  • Panel Discussion on Second Careers in Nursing for Nursing Notes Live
    Meet Dylan Green, author of “The Second Career Nurse” blog and a practicing ER nurse for almost two years, and Patrick Hopkins, Co-Director for the Accelerated Program for Non-Nurses and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. He’s also a Pediatric/Neonatal Advanced Practice Nurse at the Golisano Children’s...The post Panel Discussion on Second Careers in Nursing for Nursing Notes Live appeared first on Nursing Notes Live.
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  • Is it too late for me to become a nurse?

    You can become a nurse faster if you already have a degree in another field.


Once you’re a Registered Nurse, you can choose to specialize in an area you really enjoy.

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