RN Careers

How to Become a Registered Nurse (RN)

Posted by Admin on August 23, 2010 under Nurse Education, RN Careers | Comments are off for this article

Becoming a registered nurse (RN) is a smart, rewarding professional move that will pay off for years after you’ve graduated from nursing school. Registered nurses have many career options open to them, making becoming a registered nurse a wise career move for travel nurses, and in general.
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Benefits of Becoming an RN

Posted by Admin on August 20, 2010 under RN Careers | Comments are off for this article

If you’re a travel nurse or other nursing professional, becoming a registered nurse is one of the most empowering career moves you can make. An RN license can grant you greater career flexibility, more advancement options and higher pay rates, and even allows you to move into other areas of healthcare with greater ease.

As a whole, registered nurses (RNs) make up the largest health care profession today. Unlike certified nurse assistants (CNAs) and licensed practical or vocational nurses (LVN/LPNs), RNs can pursue professional specialties, concentrating in fields such as pediatrics, labor and delivery, public health or emergency room patient care. Also unlike most unlicensed nurses, RNs have access to supervisory positions, and can even open their own nursing care businesses.

Here are a few key benefits to getting your RN license, for any nurse or healthcare professional considering travel nursing as a career option.
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Nurse Licensing

Posted by Admin on August 14, 2010 under RN Careers | Comments are off for this article

Registered Nurses must be licensed by the state they practice in. This ensures they meet the standards set by their state nursing board, and by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

In order to become licensed as an RN, you must first graduate from a properly accredited nursing program (see How to Become an RN). You then have to pass the NCLEX-RN exam, the national licensing exam administered by the NCSBN.

For nurses in most states, you apply to the state you plan to practice in, which may or may not be your home state. Once you pass the NCLEX-RN, your license is valid only in the state you are licensed for.
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