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A career in nursing is one that has a long history, although it has changed over time into one of the most demanding careers in the medical field. A nurse is defined as “a person formally educated and trained in the care of the sick or sick, especially a registered nurse” From Random House, 2001, p. 911. However, nursing has not always been thought about/believed a job of work in which training or education was needed/demanded. According to The New Book of Popular Science, in earlier times “nurses were generally untrained, learning only what was needed for the particular situations in which they worked” (2005, p. 482). Eventually, nursing changed into a job/line of work that involved a great deal of knowledge and skill. “Nursing as a modern line of work can be traced back to the mid 19th century” The New Book of Popular Science,” as Florence Nightingale became known as one of the first pioneers of nursing. “Nightingale cared for wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War, which showed the importance of skilled nursing … and in 1860, the first nursing school, based on Nightingale’s methods, was founded in association with Saint Thomas’ Hospital in London” The New Book of Popular Science. Nursing schools slowly became more popular, and “in 1872, Boston’s New England Hospital for women and children established the first U.S. Nursing school, which awarded a nursing diploma to Linda Richards, the first trained nurse in the U.S.” The New Book of Popular Science.” Since then, millions of men and women have entered the medical field as trained nurses, as it has proven to be an excellent career. While I have always had an interest in the medical field and a strong want to care for and help people, being exposed to a hospitals conditions and watching a hospital staff allowed me to discover my desire of chasing after a career in nursing. The nurses, so smart, kind, and understanding, had not only given their patients with necessary treatments, but offered them their extreme support and state of spending friendly time with someone else. Knowing that I possess those attributes, it is that vision that has given me the drive and the state of mind where someone will definitely do something if needed to help others. As a registered nurse, one must be committed to working in preparation for her career. Although each approach is quite challenging, “there are three educational routes to becoming an RN: 1) Two year associate degree programs offered by community, junior, and technical colleges. 2) Three year diploma programs offered by hospitals. 3) Four year bachelor’s degree programs offered by colleges/universities. These award the bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN) degree. These three educational routes allow people to chase after a career as a registered nurse, while being able to choose a program that is custom-designed to suit their needs.