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What does it take to become a nurse?

If you’re looking to become a nurse, there are many educational options — and it helps to know what employers are seeking. We checked in with some experts in the field to see how to best prepare for a nursing career.

If you’re looking to become a nurse, there are many educational options — and it helps to know what employers are seeking. We checked in with some experts in the field to see how to best prepare for a nursing career.

Get your bachelor’s degree: According to Marianne J. Harkin, senior director of professional practice at NYU Langone Medical Center, they look to hire “new graduate nurses that are prepared at the baccalaureate level and who have 3.5 GPA on graduation.”


Daisy Cruz-Richman — a dean and professor at the College of Nursing at State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center — confirms that having a four-year degree goes a long way toward getting hired: “More and more hospitals are seeking nurses with a minimum of baccalaureate degrees.”


Plan for an advanced degree: If you get a master’s degree in a specialty, you can take yourself to the next level in terms of salary and job security. “As we move to the implementation of the health care reform, we need more primary-care providers,” says Cruz-Richman. “All of those specialists — nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, clinical nurse specialist — will be available as primary-care providers to the many patients [that need them].”

 
 
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