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There is more than one educational pathway leading to eligibility to take the standardized National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)-RN (Registered Nurse)
You will need a Diploma in Nursing, once the most common route to RN licensure and a nursing career, is available through hospital-based schools of nursing
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) is a two-year degree offered by community colleges and hospital-based schools of nursing that prepares individuals for a defined technical scope of practice.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BS/BSN) is a four-year degree offered at colleges and universities:
This BS/BSN prepares graduates to engage in the full scope of professional nursing practice across all healthcare settings. The first two years often concentrate on psychology, human growth and development, biology, microbiology, organic chemistry, nutrition, and anatomy and physiology.
Final two years often focus on adult acute and chronic disease; maternal/child health; pediatrics; psychiatric/mental health nursing; and community health nursing.
Is intended to result in a deeper understanding of the cultural, political, economic, and social issues that affect patients and influence healthcare delivery
Includes nursing theory, physical and behavioral sciences, and humanities with additional content in research, leadership, and may include such topics as healthcare economics, health informatics, and health policy
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