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Procedure to Getting an RN License

Registered nurses (RNs) are those who perform various procedures and medical tasks under the instruction and direction of doctors. They also administer care plans, assist in surgery, operate medical equipments, give medicines and injections, as well as supervise other nursing staff.

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There is a minimum requirement of two years in associate degree study or diploma before you can be qualified to obtain an RN license. However, most hospitals prefer their RNs to have a bachelor’s degree for four years. Here is the procedure on how to obtain an RN license:

  • Choose the program you prefer. RN licenses will only be given after finishing any certification program: Diploma of Nursing, Associate’s of Nursing, and Bachelor’s of Nursing. No matter what path you’d want to take, the result is the same – you would be practicing RN. The difference is the time involved as well as the specialty and advancement opportunities. When you have a bachelor’s degree you can study different specializations such as surgery, oncology, and delivery. In addition, you can be quickly promoted to different management positions.
  • Once you’ve chosen the program you desire, make sure you enroll in an accredited nursing school. Complete all your required coursework including your clinicals, which consist of hands-on training as you work alongside senior RNs.
  • When you have completed all your clinical rotations and coursework, you’ll be eligible to sit and take an RN exam within your state. Take the state test called NCLEX-RN – a standardized, national, multiple choice exams specifically created for those who yearn for an RN license. This exam is developed and controlled by National Council State Boards of Nursing applicable to job functions required of entry-level RNs. Within the exam, there are several items that tests eligibility, nursing competencies, and current medical knowledge of the examinees. It’s recommended that you take the exam immediately after your diploma or degree to ensure that you pass with less effort.
  • The tests and requirements differ depending on the state so it’s recommended that you contact your own State Board of Nursing for details. Then finally, once you pass your test, you can apply for RN licensing and become a registered nurse.