Minnesota has some interesting attractions that should pique anyone’s interest. There is the Museum of Quackery and Medical Frauds. You can take part in the Adventurous Scavenger Hunt in Minneapolis. Another great attraction is the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden where you can immerse yourself in the avant-garde. Or you can stop for gas at a station designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
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 a Minnesota nursing license
- Continuing education requirements
- Job & salary outlook for nurses in Minnesota
- Top hospitals in Minnesota
- Nursing organizations & associations in Minnesota
- Basic steps for licensing and certification
- Contact information
Below are the fees for becoming a nurse in Minnesota whether you are a first-time nurse or are moving to Minnesota from another state. For more information visit the Minnesota licensing page.
Licensing fees by examination (first-time nurses):
- NCLEX fee: $200
- Application fee: $105 (RN/LPN)
- Criminal background check fee: $33.25
Licensing fees by endorsement (already have RN licensure):
- Application fee: $105 (RN/LPN/APRN initial licensure fee)
- Criminal background check fee: $33.25
License renewal fees:
- Application fee: $88 (RN/LPN/APRN)
*Fees are subject to change.
Steps for renewing a Minnesota nursing license
- Verify when your license expires
Visit the online Verification page in order to confirm your license.
- Complete your Minnesota 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 Minnesota Board of Nursing site to enter your renewal application
Visit the Renewal Information page for specifics.
Continuing education requirements
RN: 24 hours every 2 years
LPN: 12 hours every 2 years
APRN: 24 hours every 2 years
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Job & salary outlook for nurses in Minnesota
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 and 2030. The average annual wage is $82,750.
We can also help you check out salary estimates to help determine if Minnesota is the right state for you.
[ MORE: Average nurse salary in Minnesota ]
Top hospitals in Minnesota
If you’re not already picking up the phone to call movers, maybe this list of the best hospitals in Minnesota will sway you in the right direction. Here are the top hospitals according to U.S. News and World Report:
- Mayo Clinic – Rochester, MN: Not only is this hospital committed to quality care, they also hold local businesses to that same standard through the Experience Accreditation, “a certification process for Rochester transportation, hotels, restaurants and retail businesses.” This facility is also part of the Magnet Recognition Program®, along with many other prestigious awards. Some specialties include:
- Diabetes & Endocrinology (#1 in the nation)
- Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (#1 in the nation)
- Gynecology (#1 in the nation)
- Pulmonology & Lung Surgery (#1 in the nation)
- Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN: This hospital has been recognized as a 2021 World’s Best Hospital by Newsweek and Statistica, Inc. and is part of the Magnet Recognition Program®. Abbott Northwestern is rated ‘high performing’ in 6 adult specialties and 14 procedures and conditions. Some specialties include:
- Neurology & Neurosurgery (#37 in the nation)
- Cardiology & Heart Surgery (#44 in the nation)
- Pulmonology & Lung Surgery
- St. Cloud Hospital in Saint Cloud, MN: This hospital works to “treat people of various backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities…staff is a reflection of our communities and we are proud of our diversity.” St. Cloud is a member of the Magnet Recognition Program® and has garnered many other awards. Some specialties include:
- Urology (#33 in the nation)
- Cardiology & Heart Surgery (#35 in the nation)
- Pulmonology & Lung Surgery (#39 in the nation)
*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 Minnesota
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 Minnesota:
Minnesota Nurses Association: The primary mission is to “promote the professional, economic, and personal well-being of nurses.”
Minnesota Black Nurses Association: The mission is “to support and advocate for the advancement of the nursing profession and eliminate health disparities through the delivery of culturally competent, quality healthcare.”
Minnesota Licensed Practical Nurses Association: The vision for MLPNA is to “be recognized and respected as the leader for LPN’s in Minnesota, promoting pride, respect, and value for all LPNs.”
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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Minnesota Board of Nursing
The offices are open but please conduct business through the mail, email, or fax.
Phone: (612) 317-3000
Fax: (651) 688-1841
1210 Northland Drive, Suite 120
Mendota Heights, MN 55120
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