By JC Cook
With a salary range of $40K-$80K a year, an unemployment rate under 2%, and duties that improve the health and well-being of the population and leave most with a sense of accomplishment, becoming an RN has been a good career choice for a very long time. But what path should you choose? Historically there have been three paths to becoming a registered nurse: the “hospital” diploma, the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ADN), and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN). At the completion of each of these programs, the candidate must pass the nursing licensure exam also known as the NCLEX-RN. For many years it didn’t matter which path you took, just as long as you passed the NCLEX-RN.