License Resource for Nurses
A comprehensive guide to nurse licensure.
Career Resources / Nursing Licenses
Initial licensing process
Becoming a nurse is no easy feat! Let Incredible Health help you. We’ve compiled information on the steps for earning your nursing license in each state.
There are many things to consider when beginning the licensing process. What you decide to specialize in can determine the license you need. Nurses can practice in many environments, including physicians’ offices, schools, home healthcare, nursing care facilities, outpatient clinics, and hospitals. Each setting may require different licenses. Here are some posts to help guide the licensing process:
Choosing a nursing license
The process of choosing a nursing license can be daunting. Here is an overview of some of the different license types:
CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant): The CNA license is an entry-level position for nurses. This is a great opportunity for people who are curious about nursing and want to learn more.
LPN/LVN (Licensed Practical Nurse/Licensed Vocational Nurse): The LPN/LVN is a step up from the CNA position. There is no real difference between an LVN and LPN. It’s just that different states have alternative names for them.
RN (Registered Nurse): The RN license is the standard for nurses. A registered nurse license gives you the flexibility to work in many different fields. To become an RN, you typically need a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). There is also an APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse), which requires a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or higher. Check out our posts on RN vs NP and APRN vs NP for more detailed information.
This is an extensive list of nursing types with required education and certifications needed: A Complete List of Nursing Types
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Renewing a nursing license
As a nurse, it’s critical not only to receive your license, but to keep it. Each state has a different process for renewing a nursing license.
Most renewal information is specific to each state. Below are basic needs (including CEUs) to renew your license.
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Questions from the Incredible Health Nurse Community
- How do you renew your RN license for the first time? Is there any reminder via email or postal mail beforehand? Can you renew earlier ?
- Hi How can I start working as a nurse if I have license from another state in PA? No experience related.
After you become a licensed nurse, there are many things to take into account. Included are some of the most important information you need to help you make informed decisions. This includes finding out everything you need to know about your current license (if you have one) and getting licensed to practice in multiple states.
- How to verify your license
- How to get a license in a new state
- The ultimate guide to nursing compact states
- Travel nursing
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