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When you are looking to be a nurse you have to make sure that you start to develop specific skills as well as you can. There are a lot of people that do not understand how they can start preparing for nursing school in any stage of life.

If you are young and you know that you want to be a nurse you can start by developing your intrapersonal skills. Many people do not think about all of the different times they will have to use these skills as a nurse.

There are a lot of reasons why you need to develop these skills before you go to nursing school. Often times you will have to make sure that you understand how you are going to talk with people that are upset or even scared.

When you cannot talk to people normally it will be difficult to talk to people that are upset. You want to make sure that you understand how you are going to go about finding how you are going to be comfortable talking with people.

Start talking with people as much as you can. When you talk with people concentrate on really listening to what they are saying and take the time to understand what they need you to say in return.

Taking the time to concentrate on others and really understand what they need will help you when you become a nurse. You have to concentrate all that you can on the others around you and you will be able to be more effective as a nurse.

When you are in school you have to work to get good grades in your science and math classes. There are many different ways to go about finding a route that will eventually lead you to being the type of nurse you want to be.

As you understand these routes you will want to choose one and stick with it. There are a lot of people that do not understand that even when times get rough it will end up paying off in the long run in your profession.

Although you are going to have difficult time in classes, the classes are preparing you for your career. Sometimes, the facts and the numbers that you learn are not going to be what will prepare you for your career.

There are many different skills that you have to understand when you are a nurse. Often times, you will be under a crunch to meet a deadline or to get a patient his or her medication and treatment as soon as you can.

When you are in school and you are trying to make a deadline you will learn how to prioritize your to-do list. You have to make sure that you understand what you need to do to make sure that you are able to get through your career.

You should also take the time to sign up for science and math classes as early as high school. These are the classes that are going to prepare you to be able to succeed when you get into your college classes.

If you get admitted to a four year university you can get a Bachelor of Science in nursing. This is the best way to get certified as a nurse and you have to make sure that you understand what you are striving for this option.

When it is not plausible for you to attend one of these schools you should instead take the time to look for an opining at a community college. There are a lot of people that are able to successfully transfer to a four year university after a junior college.

If you are not able to go to a junior college you can always get a certification in a hospital. There are many different hospitals that will allow you the opportunity to get certified under the wing of the doctors and nurses working there.

When you get a certification in the hospital you will only be able to work in that hospital. If you are able to pass the state boards you will be able to practice nursing anywhere in the state that you are certified in.

No matter how you go about it, you have to make sure that you understand how you are going to get into nursing. The more you understand now the better preparations you will be able to make so that you can get through all of the hoops and finally be a practicing nurse.

Tom Selwick has worked as a traveling nurse for the last 16 years. He has worked in many local clinics and the ER and recommends looking into a career in travel nursing.

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For nurses currently holding a R.N. and a B.S.N. there are many opportunities to step up the career ladder and advance in the nursing profession. Obtaining a graduate level nursing program to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist or C.R.N.A. is a great way to expand you nursing abilities and to earn additional income. A C.R.N.A. is a specialized advance practice nurse that is qualified to apply anesthesia. These nurses are in high demand and they make a very good income for the specialized work that they do. If you are a nurse looking to move up the career ladder and are considering graduate nursing programs there are a few important steps in obtaining your certification as a C.R.N.A.

Any current nurse considering the step to becoming a C.R.N.A. must be a licensed registered nurse with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree. Gaining these qualifications takes about four to six years depending upon which educational route you take. After gaining these qualifications it is imperative to get as much acute and intensive care experience as possible. If you are a nurse you can request a change to work in the intensive care unit (ICU) to gain this experience. Having the familiarity of working with people who are in critical condition is detrimental to working as an advanced practice nurse performing anesthesia. It provides a firm foundation that ensures that critical nursing skills are learned and thoroughly used.

While gaining acute or intensive care experience you should apply to an accredited Masters in Nursing program. There are many of these programs throughout the country but if you are considering anesthesia work then should narrow your search to schools that provide a specialization in anesthesia. When applying for to a graduate nursing school program it is important to do your best on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). This is a test similar to the SAT but only for individuals seeking admission to graduate schools. When considering that being a C.R.N.A. requires a thorough knowledge of science and math and accuracy it is vital that you excel on these specific subjects to be considered a credible applicant to any nursing graduate school to become a C.R.N.A.

After being accepted into a graduate program for nursing anesthesia it usually takes about two to three years to complete the program. While completing the program it is highly recommended to continue working as a nurse in a hospital if only part time in a critical care unit. This experience will make you more attractive once your advanced degree is finished. Upon completion of the C.R.N.A. program you must take a national certification test given by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA). Once this test is completed and passed a nurse with the proper graduate degree and certification can then begin working as a certified registered nurse anesthetist.

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