By now, you know that you don’t need a healthcare background, or even a science major, to become a registered nurse. Programs like Northeastern University’s Accelerated BSN program in Massachusetts are a great option for those who want to launch a new career as an RN but don’t have any prior nursing or healthcare experience. The ABSN program provides a high-quality, comprehensive nursing education, with both online courses and hands-on lab and clinical experience, in just 16 months. And while some students enter the program with experience in health-related fields like pharmacy or physical therapy, many come from non-healthcare backgrounds like business, law, and education. The only thing left is to convince yourself to take the plunge and become a nurse.
So if it’s not experience that predicts your success as a nurse, what is it? Current nurses will tell you that personal characteristics are what really count—certain personality traits that make the difference between good nurses and great ones. Your ability to show compassion and understanding to your patients; Your confidence in making independent decisions; Your self-discipline in acquiring the skills and knowledge you need; Your desire to never stop learning and improving.
If you’ve been asking yourself, “Should I become a nurse?” take our short quiz and see if your personality will suit a career as a nurse.
QUIZ: Should I Become a Nurse?