What it Means
to be a Nurse
Every day and across every healthcare setting, we are on the frontlines providing care to millions of people. Nurses' contributions to healthcare delivery, public health challenges, natural disaster relief efforts, research, education, and much more, are unmatched and invaluable.
Pamela Cipriano
PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, former ANA President

(Source: American Mobile Healthcare)

Create Your Own Career Path!

Nursing is a great career choice. It’s progressive, dynamic, flexible, and there are plenty of career options
from which to choose. You can provide hands-on care, manage teams, educate the next generation,
or even shape health care delivery. Check out the career paths below and find your perfect fit.

Becoming a Nurse Toolkit

So you’ve decided to become a nurse. Congratulations! Now, what do you do? Open the door to opportunities and shape a rewarding future with ANA’s Becoming a Nurse Toolkit. You’ll find everything you need to get started – from choosing a nursing program to obtaining your license to landing your first job. With ANA, you can begin your nursing career with confidence!

Find out more

Blog & Community Discussions

Lean into leadership. Solicit honest feedback. Learn to say no. Find these topics and more on
NurseSpeak, ANA’s official professional development blog. Whether you’re a new grad, soon to retire,
or anywhere in between, get advice that will help you make the most of your nursing career.

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