Indiana is a beautiful state that has something for everyone. A visit to Brown County State Park is a must. It’s known as “Indiana’s Playground” and there is no shortage of things to do. Hiking, biking, fishing, camping, and horseback riding are just a few. There is so much more to explore in this amazing state, one paragraph just doesn’t do it justice.
If you are a registered nurse (or are thinking of becoming one) read on to find the information you need, from licensing info, continuing education requirements, job & salary outlook, top hospitals, and nursing associations. Let us help you find your dream job!
In this article, we will cover:
- Licensing information
- Steps for renewing an Indiana nursing license
- Continuing education requirements
- Job & salary outlook for nurses in Indiana
- Top hospitals in Indiana
- Nursing organizations and associations in Indiana
- Basic steps for licensing and certification
- Contact information
Below are the fees for becoming a nurse in Indiana whether you are a first-time nurse or are moving to Indiana from another state. For more information visit the Indiana licensing page.
Licensing fee by examination (first-time nurses):
- NCLEX fee: $200
- Application fee: $50
Licensing fee by endorsement (already have RN licensure):
- Application fee: $50
License renewal fees:
- Application fee: $50
Indiana is a nursing compact state, which allows nurses to hold multi-state licenses.
*Fees are subject to change.
**Most states require a background check, but prices are not always listed.
Steps for renewing an Indiana nursing license
- Verify the status of your license
Visit the Verification page in order for you to confirm your license.
- Complete your Indiana nursing continuing education requirements before your license expires
You can complete your nursing CEUs online, on your schedule, and 100% free with Incredible Health.
- Go to the Indiana Board of Nursing to enter your renewal application
Visit the Renewal Information page for specific requirements. Indiana is a compact state. If your Primary State of Residency is in another compact state do not apply for licensure in Indiana unless you are declaring Indiana as your Primary State of Residency.
Continuing education requirements
APRN: 30 contact hours every 2 years (8 hours must be in pharmacology)
Job and salary outlook for nurses in Indiana
Due to the shortage of nurses, these healthcare professionals are in high demand. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates the profession will grow by about 9% between 2020-2030. The mean annual wage is $67,490.
We can also help you check out salary estimates to help determine if Indiana is the right state for you.
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Top hospitals in Indiana
If you’re not already picking up the phone to call movers, maybe this list of the best hospitals in Indiana will sway you in the right direction. Here are the top hospitals according to U.S. News and World Report:
- Indiana University Health Medical Center – Indianapolis, IN: This facility is part of the Magnet Recognition Program® because it demonstrates an exceptional practice environment for nurses and meets high standards for quality care and experience. Innovative research programs are integrated into patient care. Specialties include:
- Colon cancer
- Lung cancer
- Hearth attack
- Gastroenterology & GI surgery
- Deaconess Hospital – Evansville, IN: This facility is the largest in the region and serves patients in the tristate area. Every year they honor nurses with the DAISY Award, an international recognition program. This hospital is also a member of the Magnet Recognition Program®. Deaconess Hospital uses current technology to help provide their patients with the best care possible. Some their specialties include:
- Colon cancer surgery
- Heart failure
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair
- Neurology & neurosurgery
- Ascension St. Vincent Hospital – Indianapolis, IN: This is a full-service hospital with 24/7 emergency care and Level I Trauma Center, comprehensive stroke center and Transplant Center. Deaconess is consistently highly ranked by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading provider of independent hospital ratings. This hospital is also a member of the Magnet Recognition Program®. Specialty areas include:
- Heart care
- Critical care
- Gastrointestinal care
- Orthopedic services
- Pulmonary services
- Stroke care
*Magnet status – Awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and is considered the “gold standard” for excellence in nursing practice and care. Hospitals must meet certain criteria and apply to be designated.
Nursing organizations & associations in Indiana
Once you become a registered nurse (or even if you’re in the process), joining a nursing organization or association will give you access to networking, job opportunities, and a wealth of information shared between fellow nurses. Here are a few of the organizations and associations for nurses in Indiana:
Indiana State Nurses Association: Members of this association have access to many services and programs to help them succeed both professionally and personally. Participation in the association helps members become leaders and influencers in their profession.
Indiana Organization for Nursing Leadership: This organization is for nurses who design, facilitate, and manage care.
Indiana Center for Nursing: This group focuses on nursing education to ensure a highly qualified nursing workforce meets the needs of Indiana’s healthcare consumers.
Check out the comprehensive list of national organizations as well.
Basic steps for licensing and certification
Step 1: Education
Attend an accredited nursing school to earn either an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). An ADN will take between 18 and 24 months to complete, while you can expect to spend roughly four years to earn a BSN. If you already have an ADN, there is an ADN to BSN bridge program that allows you to earn a BSN in 12-18 months. There is also an RN to BSN bridge which takes three semesters of nursing courses to be completed in one year. These programs will save you time and money. The more education you have, the better your chances of landing your dream job.
Step 2: Licensing
When you are six weeks away from graduation, you can apply to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam. There are 75 to 265 questions on the NCLEX-RN with a five-hour time limit for completion. If you do not pass the NCLEX-RN on your first attempt, you must wait 45 days before you can try again.
The NCLEX includes questions on the following topics to test nursing candidates’ knowledge:
1. Safe and effective care environment
2. Health promotion and maintenance
3. Psychosocial integrity
4. Physiological integrity
Step 3: Experience
This step in the process is to gain hands-on experience. This will provide you with invaluable opportunities to work with patients making you attractive to future employers.
Step 4: Certification
The final step is to obtain certifications for your chosen career. Requirements for earning a certification vary so it is important to check with the governing body for information. Incredible Health offers free courses in order to obtain or renew certification requirements. Create a free account to access professional development mandates and get instant certificates.
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Indiana Board of Nursing
Phone: (317) 234-2043
Email: [email protected]
402 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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