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I am a 20-year-old from South Africa and love working with people. What do I need to do to become a nurse?

Tuesday January 29, 2013
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Dear Donna,

I am a 20-year-old from South Africa and am still in high school. I am studying business, economics and computer technology. I want to study nursing and would like to know if these courses will be helpful. I love working with people and want to know what I need to do to become a nurse.

Future Nurse

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Future Nurse,

I am presuming you wish to stay in South Africa to study nursing. Start by visiting the website of the South African Nursing Council (www.sanc.co.za/). Also, talk to career or guidance counselors at your school.

Here is a piece you may find helpful. It explains about nursing in South Africa www.ehow.com/how_6771916_become-nurse-south-africa.html

Best wishes,

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://Events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.