Massachusetts Nursing License

For those seeking to become nurses in Massachusetts, the licensing and education process is fairly straightforward. What follows is a rundown on the basics of both, along with some sites to access more detail where necessary.

To start: in order to practice nursing in Massachusetts, all nurses must hold a valid, current license issued by the state the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.

RN Licensing

female nurseAll registered nurses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must pass a professional licensing exam after completing an approved nursing program. To register for the exam, two fees are required, an application fee of $230 and a registration fee of $200.

Two applications must be made. One application goes to the company that administers the test, Pearson and the other to the company the Massachusetts Board uses to handle applications.

Detailed information on this process can be found at www.pcshq.com/?page=health,MA-examination, which is the site that provides professional credentialing services.

Both of these steps can be taken simultaneously, after which applicants receive an Authorization to Test email from Pearson withing a few days. Exams can be scheduled at the site of choice in Massachusetts or another state.

Nurses with valid or past licenses can apply for licenses via endorsement for a cost of $275. International candidates must show evidence of high school graduation or the equivalent, along with proof of a nursing degree education.

Detailed information about procedures for doing this can be found here.

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LPN Licensing

For LPNs, the licensing process is similar to the procedures and requirements for RNs. LPNs must enroll and graduate from an approved nursing program to be eligible for the state exam.

In addition, RN students are eligible for the practical nursing exam if they have completed coursework that is the equivalent of that of a practical nursing program. The form for eligibility for the test can be found at www.pcshq.com.pdf.

Applicants for the state exam must read the relevant statutes and regulations, which can be found on the Pearson/PCS site. They also must register with the testing company (www.pearsonvue.com/nclex) prior to scheduling the exam.

Once again, two separate fees are involved, one for $200 and another for $230. After that they will receive a test authorization email. Once they have received this, the test must be taken within 60 days.

Candidates who pass can verify their license on the Board site within a few days, while those who do not will receive diagnostic information, although they aren’t allowed to retest for 45 days.

Out-of-state LPN candidates can be licensed by endorsement if they have graduated from an LPN or RN program approved by the Massachusetts board, whether the program is in Massachusetts or out of state.

They are also eligible if they have withdrawn from an RN program in good standing, have passed the licensing exam and can provide documentation evidence of good character.

In both scenarios, a fee of $275 is required for endorsement.

Detailed information on all of these processes and procedures for LPNs can be found at the MA board of nursing.

For those with multi-state nursing licenses, it should be noted that Massachusetts is not part of the Nursing Licensure Compact (NLC), which currently includes 24 states. Legislation for the Commonwealth to become part of this compact is currently pending.

Education Requirements for RNs

nurseAll RNs must attend a nursing program approved by the Massachusetts Board. These programs include associate and baccalaureate degrees, nursing diplomas and direct entry masters programs.

Information about these programs can be found at www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/quality/boards/mnecpro.pdf.

A partial list of board-approved programs includes the Assabet Valley Regional Technical School in Marlboro, the Medical Professional Institute in Malden, the Mildred Elley School in Pittsfield and Blue Hills Regional Technical School.

A full list can also be found at the aforementioned site in this section, The website http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/quality/boards/rnnecpro.pdf. When accessing this list, its important to differentiate between board-approved and non-approved programs, as there are several different categories and breakdowns provided in the list.

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The interactive chart above is a visual representation of the annual salary of Massachusetts licensed nurse compared to the national annual salaries, all based on the latest May 2013 Occupational Employment Statistics figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Education Requirements for LPNs

The education process in Massachusetts is analogous for LPNs. They must enroll in an approved nursing program, and once again there are potential issues with approved and non-approved programs.

Examination rates and admission policies are an important part of the process, along with financial considerations and job availability in different parts of the state.

In addition, RN students who withdraw in good standing can take the PN test provided they can show evidence of having completed coursework that is equivalent to that found in a practical nursing program.

Educational eligibility information can be found at www.pcshq.com. All coursework must have been completed within five years of the withdrawal date.

Virginia Nursing License

virginiaIn Virginia, the entity responsible for maintaining and enforcing the laws of the state that apply to nursing is the Virginia Board of Nursing.

The board sets minimum standards and approves the curriculum for nursing education; all nurses working and practicing in Virginia must have at least an associates degree in nursing, as well as a current, valid license. It also provides consultation for all education programs that request it, and conducts periodic surveys of the schools that provide nursing education.

In addition, it sets standards for those seeking a Virginia nursing license, and the board is also charged with the task of setting analogous standards for massage therapists.

Information about laws and rules that apply to nursing in Virginia can be found at http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/nursing/nursing_laws_regs.htm.

RN Licensing

License applicants in Virginia must complete a four-year high school program or its equivalent, have a diploma from an approved professional nursing education program, and they must achieve a passing grade in the NCLEX-RN. They must also have a clean record with regard to any professional disciplinary action, past or current.

The board can also issue a provisional license for RNs who have met the educational and examination requirements and find themselves in situations in which they need to gain clinical experience under the supervision of an RN.

In addition, any work performed as an RN in any branch of the armed services is eligible for recognition as part of the licensing process.

Both Virginia and the majority of its border states belong to the Nurse Licensure Compact, which allows an RN holding a multi-state Virginia to perform electronic nursing in remote states. Nurses, however, can only hold an active license in one compact state.

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The requirements for licensing applicants are analogous to those for RNs – two years of high school or the equivalent, a diploma from an approved practical nursing program, a certificate that shows they passed the NCLEX-PN and a clean record with regard to disciplinary violations.

Nurses can also apply for licensure by endorsement if they have been licensed in another state, the District of Columbia or a US possession or territory. In some of these cases, the board is charged with the task of evaluating and verifying their credentials and qualifications.

RN Education

The state of Virginia is expected to experience a shortage of 10,000 to 20,000 nurses in the current decade, which means there will be plenty of job opportunities for RNs with an associates degree in nursing.

A list of schools offering this degree includes Norfolk State University, Blue Ridge Community College, Tidewater Community College (campuses in Hampton, Franklin and Portsmouth) and Piedmont Virginia Community College.

A complete list of these schools can be found at http://www.bestnursingdegree.com/programs/associate-degree-nursing/#virginia.

Both the Board of Education and the Board of Nursing have an interagency agreement relating to the regulation of public school nursing education programs.

The agreement covers joint curriculum development, publishing newsletters and participating in inservice activities as well as state conferences. It also gives the two agencies the opportunity to comment on revisions of any necessary regulations.

The Director of the Board of Education relies on the Board of Nursing for implementation of the agreement and advice about any changes that need to be made therein.

LPN Education

LPNs must also have an associates degree in nursing to work and practice in Virginia, and the state offers a number of specialty programs for both LPNs and LVNs. These are typically one-year diploma or certificate programs that are basically identical to associates degree programs in nursing and are recognized by the state as such with regard to licensing issues.

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RN-to-BSN Option

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Wisconsin Nursing License

wisconsinThe Wisconsin Board of Nursing is responsible for monitoring the practice of nursing in the state, allowing nurses to earn the necessary associates degree in nursing along with their Wisconsin nursing license, both of which are required to practice in the state

Most of the rules, laws and regulations monitored by the board fall under the auspices of the Department of Safety and Professional Service (DSPS). These laws and regulations are written and voted on by the legislative and executive branches in the state.

RN Licensing

To avoid what the Board refers to as the “graduate crunch,” students are advised to file their license application at least six weeks in advance of testing. If requested, a temporary permit will be issued at the same time they receive the notice to test before taking the NCLEX-RN exam. This permit is issued for 90 days, and it allows them to work as a graduate nurse before they pass the exam.

If a retake of the NCLEX-RN is necessary, a period of 45 days is required before retesting can take place.

RNs can also apply for a license by endorsement, which requires applicants to provide license verification from any and all states where they have previously held licenses. Candidates for endorsement include any RN holding a current license in a US state or jurisdiction or in a Canadian province, provided they have also passed the NCLEX or the SBTPE.

Starting in 2013, the DSPS began a pilot program called the Online Licensure Application System (OLAS) to simplify the licensing process and minimize paperwork. Beginning in January 2014, this system was made available to both RNs and LPNs, allowing them to apply for licenses and pay fees online.

Only new nursing graduates who are applying for examination with a degree from a school participating in OLAS are eligible to complete the application process online. OLAS is not designed to renew or reinstate a license previously issued or held in Wisconsin.

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In order to qualify for a license, Wisconsin applicants must be at least 18 and they must have completed at least two years of high school or its equivalent. They must also graduate from an accredited school for LPNs that has been approved by the Wisconsin board.

In addition, they must register for and take the NCLEX-PN exam. The exam is administered by Pearson Vue and costs $200, along with a separate $90 application fee.

Once they complete the exam, they can get a temporary permit that allows them to practice practical nursing under the direct supervision of an RN until their license is granted.

The temporary permit is valid for either three months, or until the holder has received notice of failure of the examination. For hardship cases, a temporary permit may be renewed once for a period of three months.

RN Education

male nurseLike many states, Wisconsin is facing a critical nursing shortage, which means that RNs who have passed the NCLEX-RN and have at least an associates degree in nursing will have solid employment prospects. The average annual salary in the state is just over $64K, though, which is relatively low in the national rankings.

A list of schools that offer an associates degree in nursing includes Blackhawk Technical College, Bryant & Stratton College, Herzing University, and Lakeshore Technical College. A complete list of schools can be found at http://www.bestnursingdegree.com/programs/associate-degree-nursing/#wisconsin.

LPN Education

In addition to the previously described programs, LPNs can access a variety of entry level programs specifically designed for their profession. A partial list of schools offering this option includes Fox Valley Technical College, the College of Menominee Nation, Madison Area Technical College and Milwaukee Area Technical College.

A complete list of schools offering this type of program can be found at http://www.bestnursingdegree.com/programs/practical-vocational-nursing/#wisconsin.

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The interactive chart above is a visual representation of the annual salary of Wisconsin licensed nurse compared to the national annual salaries, all based on the latest May 2013 Occupational Employment Statistics figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

RN-to-BSN Options

Because of the acute nursing shortage in Wisconsin, the RN-to-BSN path is highly encouraged by the state. Over 57 percent of the RNs working in public or community health settings having a BSN, and the state would like to see that percentage grow and see more nurses in other specialty areas earn a BSN.

The state offers a variety of programs. Schools offering the BSN-to-RN path include Carroll University, Columbia College of Nursing, the Milwaukee School of Engineering and the University of Wisconsin at multiple locations (Eau Claire, Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee and Oshkosh).

A full list of schools offering this degree can be found at http://www.bestnursingdegree.com/programs/rn-to-bsn/wisconsin/.

Washington Nursing License

washingtonIn Washington, the competency and quality of LPNs, RNs, nursing technicians and advanced registered nurse practitioners is the responsibility of the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC).

The commission’s mandate is to establish, monitor and enforce licensing rules, including the acquisition of a Washington nursing license. It is also charged with maintaining consistent standards of practice, competency mechanisms and with handling all matters related to discipline. In addition, the commission approves and establishes curriculum for nursing schools, both existing ones and new ones coming on line.

The commission consists of 15 members, all of whom are appointed by the Washington governor. Three are from the general public, two are ARNPs, seven are RNs and three are LPNs. All members must be Washington residents. The public members must be independent, with no membership or ongoing interest in any other board, commission or organization.

The laws and rules of nursing are covered by the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and the Washington Administrative Code (WAC). All working, practicing nurses in Washington must have at least an associates degree in nursing, as well as a current, valid license.

RN Licensing

RNs in Washington can apply for license via either examination or endorsement. If they choose to apply for a license, they must pass the NCLEX-RN, which is administered by Pearson Vue. In addition, an FBI background check is an essential part of the application process, and the background check includes includes fingerprinting as well.

A copy of the application can be found at

http://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/Pubs/669242.pdf.

The fee for the exam is $200. After receiving their license, nurses are eligible to participate in Washington’s Transition to Practice (TTP) program. Once they join the program, new RNNs are frequently assigned a preceptor to monitor their progress.

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To get their license, aspiring Washington LPNs must pass the NCLEX-PN exam. The application fee for the exam is $92, and a $32.50 fee is also required for the criminal background check. The exam fee is $200.

After receiving their application packet, applicants will find two addresses inside. The application material and the fee should be sent to the Department of Health, and the additional support materials should be sent to the Nursing Commision.

To assist with the licensing process, one useful service for candidates seeking a license is provided by the Washington Nurse Licensing Service.

This organization streamlines the paperwork process, and it claims to reduce the waiting time from 2-3 months to 2 weeks for license acquisition. It has operated in Washington since 1994 and helps license over a thousand nurses each year.

The fee for using this service is $175.

RN Education

All nurses working in Washington must have at least an associates degree in nursing. The list of schools offering this degree is quite extensive, and it includes Olympic College, Spokane Community College and Clark College in Vancouver, among others.

A complete list of degree programs can be found at the website maintained by the Washington State Nurses Association, http://www.wsna.org/education/degree-programs/.

Under the laws governing continuing education, both RNs and LPNs must demonstrate that they have completed at least 531 hours of active practice and 45 hours of continuing education every three years. Both unpaid and volunteer nursing activities are included in the definition of active practice.

Audits for compliance with these requirements are being conducted in 2014. Renewals will continue on an annual basis, but nurses must sign a document verifying that they are in compliance with these numbers for practice and continuing education.

Additional information about the compliance process can be found at http://www.wsna.org/Topics/Continuing-Competency/. Online options for continuing education can be accessed at http://cne.wsna.org/ets/welcome.aspx.

LPN Education

In Washington, aspiring LPNs can get the required education at vocational schools, trade schools and private LPN schools.

Most LPN programs are brief, specialized courses designed to establish competence and knowledge in the work environment and prepare students to take and pass the NCLEX-PN. They are also designed to help LPNs distribute meals and medications, make patients comfortable and facilitate better communication between doctors, patients and practicing nurses.

A list of accredited LPN programs includes Charter College, Pima Medical Institute and Carrington College, which has campuses in both Portland, Oregon and Spokane. Information about these programs can be found at http://www.nursegroups.com/LPN_Programs/Washington.

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The interactive chart above is a visual representation of the annual salary of Washington licensed nurse compared to the national annual salaries, all based on the latest May 2013 Occupational Employment Statistics figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Fortunately for practicing Washington nurses seeking to further their education, there are numerous schools offering RN-to-BSN programs.

The options include Washington State University at several locations (Spokane, Vancouver, Tri Cities, Walla Wall and Yakima), Western Governors University and Western Washington University.

A complete list of programs can be found at http://www.doh.wa.gov/portals/1/Documents/Pubs/669080.pdf.

West Virginia Nursing License

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The specific rules by which the board operates can be found in the Scope and Delegation Booklet, the link for which can be accessed at http://www.wvrnboard.com/default2.asp?active_page_id=134.

All working nurses in West Virginia must have a valid, current license, along with at least an associates degree in nursing.

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In addition to passing the NCLEX-RN and showing proof of the required education, nurses in West Virginia must undergo a criminal background check, which is usually done through L-1 Identity Solutions, the state’s approved vendor. Out-of-state candidates can have this done at their local law enforcement agency.

The application fee for the exam in West Virginia is $51.50, along with the actual fee of $200 to take the exam. The application packet contains two certificates that must be filled out, one that attests to good moral character, and another to the dean or director of the nursing program certifying that the applicant has graduated with no issues involving discipline or misconduct.

License must be renewed annually in West Virginia, and 12 contact hours of continuing education must be completed to qualify for renewal. Three of these hours must consist of drug diversion training and the best practice for the prescribing of controlled medication, as described at http://ce.nurse.com/state-nurse-ce-requirements/west-virginia.

LPN Licensing

The application fee for license by examination in West Virginia is $75, with an additional $10 charge for a temporary license that allows LPNs to work pending NCLEX results. The fee for the exam is $200.

LPNs can also apply for licensing via endorsement, with an additional $50 fee required to do this. If the candidate’s licensing state does not use Nursys verification, a paper copy of the license must be provided.

International candidates are eligible for a West Virginia license if they graduate from a program that meets West Virginia standards, with the evaluation to be carried out by several organizations used by the state. English proficiency must be proven as well.

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A list of approved schools that offer an associate degree in nursing includes Bluefield State College, Davis and Elkins College, Fairmont University and West Virginia Junior College. A complete list of schools can be found at http://www.wvrnboard.com/images/WV%20NURSING%20PROGRAMS%20JULY%202014.pdf.

female nurseContinuing education is an important, ongoing requirement for RN education as well. The unit used to measure CE compliance is the contact hour, which must be at least 50 minutes in length.

Continuing education work can be done in the biological, physical social and behavioral sciences, the legal aspects of nursing, nursing management and other related subjects. A list of these can be found at http://www.wvrnboard.com/default2.asp?active_page_id=85.

Information about continuing education sources can also be accessed at the inservice departments of hospitals and nursing homes, and also through the CE departments of local colleges and universities. Announcements are also made in nursing journals, newspapers and various other media sources.

The West Virginia Nurses Association is also a recognized approved provider of ongoing education, and the board maintains a list of all registered CE providers.

LPN Education

LPNs currently make up approximately 27 percent of the nursing population in West Virginia, and they make an average annual income of just over $32K. Because of the relatively low salary rates in the state, ongoing education is especially important.

There are a large number of LPN programs in Virginia to help aspiring LPNs get their associates degree. A partial list includes the United Technical Center, the Roane Jackson Technical Center, Shepherd University and Salem International University.

A full list of these schools can be found at http://www.nursingexplorer.com/lpn/west-virginia.

In addition to nursing education, the West Virginia board also requires at least a 10th grade education. Nurses must be able to provide evidence of this level of education, and nursing programs should have evidence of either a high school education or a GED on file.

Another educational paths for LPNs is the LPN-to-RN option, which can lead to a salary jump to just over $50K annually. A partial list of schools offering this option includes Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Kanawha Valley Community Technical College and West Virginia Northern Community College.

A full list of schools offering these programs can be found at http://www.bestnursingdegree.com/programs/lpn-to-rn/west-virginia/, which also includes information about the programs.

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The interactive chart above is a visual representation of the annual salary of West Virginia licensed nurse compared to the national annual salaries, all based on the latest May 2013 Occupational Employment Statistics figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

RN-to-BSN Option

In West Virginia, fewer than 50 percent of all working nurses hold a bachelor’s degree, so having nurses get this degree is a major goal fo the West Virginia Action Coalition.

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Wyoming Nursing License

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The board is currently advertising for three vacancies. All applicants must be nurses, with the qualifications listed at https://nursing-online.state.wy.us/. Board members are appointed for a term of three years, with one vacancy for an RN Education Member, another for an APRN Member and a third for an LPN Member.

All nurses in Wyoming must have at least an associates degree in nursing, and the must have a current valid nursing license.

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RNs in Wyoming must pass the NCLEX-RN to obtain a license. It takes between 35 and 90 days to get a license, depending on how long the required criminal background check takes.

The fees for RNs are $190 for licensure by examination, and $195 if licensing is done via endorsement. For APRN recognition, an RN license costs $120.

The Wyoming State Board of Nursing is a paperless board and no longer issues paper licenses or certification. This was done to protect the public from risk due to the possibility of deception or fraud. This was especially problematic with foreign nurses due to the growing ease of producing fraudulent documents.

Verification of nursing licenses and certificates can be done online, 24/7 and for no charge. Information about how to do this can be found at https://nursing-online.state.wy.us/Default.aspx?page=11.

License renewal is required annually for both LPNs and RNs. This can be done by fulfilling one of four requirements: completing 500 hours of practice within two years, 1600 hours of practice within five years, 20 continuing education hours within two years or completion of a refresher or reentry course within five years.

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LPNs must pass the NCLEX after making two applications, one to the Wyoming board and another to Pearson Vue. The application fee for this exam is $130, along with a $60 charge for a criminal background check.

LPNs can also apply for license by endorsement via a process which requires an application, fingerprint cards and license verification from the state where the applicant obtained his or her original license.

The application also requires evidence of competence, which can be provided through evidence of recent practice, continuing education, a refresher course or proof of having passed the NCLEX in the last five years.

RN Education

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A complete list of schools includes Casper College, Central Wyoming College, Laramie County Community College, Northern Wyoming Community College District (Gillette); Northern Wyoming Community College (Sheridan), Northwest College, the University of Wyoming and Western Wyoming Community College.

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In addition, Wyoming approves several distance nursing education programs due to the rural nature of the state and the relative lack of educational choices. Pre-licensure programs include Exelsior, the University of Nebraska and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Post-licensure programs include Arizona State University, Mount Mary and Walden University.

LPN Education

All Wyoming LPNs must attain at least an associates degree in nursing. After graduation, applicants have a five-year period in which they can apply for a license. The maximum amount of times the NCLEX-LPN exam can be taken is ten.

The Wyoming Cities with LNP courses include Cheyenne, Evanston, Gillette, Rock Springs and Sheridan. The average salary for a working LPN in Wyoming is just under $40K.

In Wyoming, IV therapy is considered a part of expanded practice for LPS and requires specialized coursework. A list of approved courses can be found at https://nursing-online.state.wy.us/Default.aspx?page=13.

Information about LPN IV courses can be accessed at https://nursing-online.state.wy.us/Default.aspx?page=13. The list of offerings includes advanced courses as well as basic and refresher courses.

In addition to completing the practical nursing program, LPNs must obtain a CPR card.

Wyoming also supports several LPN-to-RN programs. A list of programs includes Casper College, Central Wyoming College and Laramie County Community College, with Casper and Central Wyoming offering online options. Information about these schools and programs can be found at http://www.bestnursingdegree.com/programs/lpn-to-rn/wyoming/.

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RN-to-BSN in Wyoming

Because of the desperate shortage of nursing in rural areas of Wyoming – as much as 35 percent of the state’s nursing vacancies are expected to go unfilled by 2015 – the state is eager to support and assist nurses looking to attain a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.

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Vermont Nursing License

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The board has eleven members who set standards for the profession by administering and proposing rules and statutes, and they also ensure that nursing applicants are qualified for licensing and have an appropriate level of education.

The board also monitors the conduct of nurses with the assistance of the Office of Professional Regulation, investigating complaints about conduct and taking disciplinary action when necessary to help protect the public.

The board is in turn overseen by the Corporations Division, which is the state registry responsible for business, trademark and Uniform Commercial Code filings. The person who is responsible for the performance of this division is the Vermont Secretary of State.

All practicing nurses in Vermont must have a current, valid license, and they must have an associates degree in nursing from a board approved college or university.

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RNs in Vermont can earn their license via either examination or endorsement. They must take and pass the NCLEX-RN examination, which requires an application fee of $90 along with a photo and a completed from showing verification of education. In addition, they must show a copy of a driver’s license, passport or government-issued ID.

License verification is only available via the NURSYS system, which has the ability to perform online verification. Further information about this confirmation process can be found at https://www.nursys.com/.

The exam is developed and administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCBSN), which is an independent, non-profit organization that interacts with nursing boards to dictate policies and rules related to public health, welfare and safety, and the ongoing development of nursing licensing exams.

For international nurses, the processing time for applications is 60 days from the date received by the board of nursing office for both RNNs and LPNs. A rundown of regulations and procedures for international nurses can be found at https://www.sec.state.vt.us/professional-regulation/professions/nursing/international-nurses.aspx.

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Vermont is not a licensing compact state, so applicants from out of state must apply by endorsement and list work experience. They can use a temporary license to speed up the process and start to work within 30 days, but they may have to take a re-entry course that meets board requirements for clinical practice and theory. The fee for this is $25.

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nursesAll RNs in Vermont must have at least an associates degree from an approved college or university. Because of the small number of large cities in the state, Vermont offers fewer educational choices than most states.

The associates degree can be earned from Castleton State College or Vermont Technical College, and the latter school also offers practical nursing programs.

A list of satellite schools can also be found at https://www.sec.state.vt.us/media/370624/Vermont-Nursing-Programs.pdf. This site also lists doctoral and masters degree programs in nursing, along with baccalaureate degrees and upper division programs.

Nursing students in Vermont can access funding opportunities via the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, the Rebekah Assembly of Vermont Nursing Scholarship and the Freeman Nurse Scholarships.

LPN Education

There is currently only one approved practical nursing program in the state at Vermont Technical College, although the school does offer numerous satellite campus locations. A list of these satellite campuses can be found at http://www.nursing-school-degrees.com/States/vermont-lpn.html#prefilter

The program takes approximately a year to complete, but the admissions process is extremely competitive. The Community College of Vermont provides a pathway to the LPN program, offering the coursework necessary to apply to the Vermont Technical College LPN program.

LPNs can also take advantage of several LPN-to-RN programs. Schools offering transition programs include Southern Vermont College, Vermont Technical College and Mount Wachusett Community College in Massachusetts.

A full list of programs can be found at http://www.bestnursingdegree.com/programs/lpn-to-rn/vermont/.

Salary and Career Info

The interactive chart above is a visual representation of the annual salary of Vermont licensed nurse compared to the national annual salaries, all based on the latest May 2013 Occupational Employment Statistics figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

RN-to-BSN Option

According to a report issued by the Area Health Education Centers of the University of Vermont in 1911, approximately 64 percent of Vermont nurses already hold bachelors, masters or doctorate degrees, so the possibility of acquiring a Bachelor of Science degree represents a solid options for working RNs.

There are three nationally accredited RN-to-BSN programs with campuses in Vermont – Norwich University, Southern Vermont College and the University of Vermont.

For a description of their programs, see http://www.bestnursingdegree.com/programs/rn-to-bsn/vermont/, which also includes a rundown of online options.

Utah Nursing License

utah-sealIn Utah, the licensing and education of nurses is monitored and regulated by the Boards of Nursing, which were established over a century ago by the state government to ensure the safe practice of nursing and make sure all working nurses acquire a Utah nursing license along with an appropriate degree.

The different boards in Utah each report to either the governor of Utah, a state agency, or both, and they also may report to another state organization or official. The decision-making powers and board structures are different for each board, with the personnel mix consisting of RNs, LPNs and LVNs, advanced practice RNs and consumers.

The duties of the boards are to enforce the Nurse Practice Act and the laws governing licensing, and to accredit or approve nurse education programs in colleges and universities. The also develop practice standards, policies, administrative rules and regulations. Information about the various responsibilities and duties of the boards can be found at https://www.ncsbn.org/index.htm.

For nurses, though, the bottom line remains the same when it comes to state requirements: Nurses must have a current, valid license, and they also must be able to prove graduation from an approved school with at least an associates degree in nursing.

RN Licensing

Qualifications for licensing are described in the Nurse Practice Act, which also provides information about which nursing titles are appropriate for use in different environments, along with an outline of the scope of practice. It also describes appropriate procedures for situations in which nursing laws are broken.

RNs in Utah must take and pass the NCLEX-RN exam. The passing standard for the examis periodically reviewed by the NCSBN Board of Directors every three years. The passing standard is measured in units called logits, which account for relative differences between the ability of the candidate and the difficulty of the items in the exam.

Utah is a Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), which means both RNs and LPNs can have one multistate license that allows them to practice in Utah as well as other compact states.

In addition, Utah is a member of the APRN compact, which allows advanced practice RNs to hold a single multi-state license that in turn allows them to practice in other states.

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LPN Licensing

According to the US Department of Labor, Utah is expected to see an increase of approximately 28 percent in licensed LPNs by 2020. To qualify to be part of this ongoing growth, nurses must pass the NCLEX-PN exam, which requires an application fee of $100.

They can also apply via endorsement, and there are separate licensing procedures for international LPNs. BCI and FBI background checks are required for LPNs, along with fingerprinting. International LPNs must undergo a credential evaluation report conducted by the Foundation for International Services, Inc. to be eligible for the NCLEX-PN.

In addition, LPNs must renew their licenses every two years.

To renew, LPNs and RNNs must attain one of the following three requirements: 400 hours of practice, 200 practice hours plus 15 state-approved continuing education hours, or 30 state-approved education hours.

RN Education

RNs in Utah must have at least an associates degree in nursing from a college or university approved by the Utah Board of Nursing.

Nursing schools that offer an associates in nursing include Dixie State College of Utah, Provo College, Salt Lake Community College and Utah Valley State College. A complete list of schools offering nursing degrees can be found at http://www.degreetree.com/resources/how-to-become-an-rn-in-utah.

Utah also supports the efforts of LPNs seeking to become RNs, with a variety of programs available to meet their needs. A list of these schools can be found at http://www.bestnursingdegree.com/programs/lpn-to-rn/utah/.

LPN Education

The high rate of job growth for LPNs in Utah is fostering an accompanying growth in LPN education programs as well as an influx of LPNs with multistate licenses.

A partial list of LPN programs in Utah includes Davis Applied Technology College, Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College and Weber State University, with these schools ranked first, second and third in NCLEX passing rates. A more complete list of programs can be found at http://www.practicalnursing.org/lpn-programs/utah.

Most of these programs take approximately a year to complete, and they include both coursework and hands-on practice. Students are expected to obtain a CPR card during the education process.

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The interactive chart above is a visual representation of the annual salary of Utah licensed nurse compared to the national annual salaries, all based on the latest May 2013 Occupational Employment Statistics figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Due to an anticipated nursing shortage that was first recognized in 2005, Utah began preparing education programs to help RNs earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Both online and long-distance options are available, and these can help Utah nurses advance the relatively annual salary of $58K for RNs.

The state’s top-ranked nursing school, the University of Utah at Salt Lake City, offers a 16-month part time RN-to-BSN program, with all classes completed online. Other schools offering this path include Southern Utah University and Weber State University.

A complete list of these programs can be found at http://www.bestnursingdegree.com/programs/rn-to-bsn/utah/.

Mississippi Nursing License

The Mississippi State Board of Nursing

mississippiThe Mississippi State Board of Nursing is an agency that is in charge with protecting the health, the welfare and the life of the public of Mississippi, through the efficient regulation of the medical practice within this state. The State Board of Nursing is also responsible for implementing the Nurse Practice Law, to issue rules and regulations according to the Administrative Code aw well as to provide minimum qualifications for the Mississippi nursing License. The State’s Board of Nursing is also the agency responsible with renewing the licenses of practical nurses, licensed practical nurses, advanced practice registered nurses as well as certified clinical hemodialysis technicians, or CCHTs.

How To Become A LPN In Mississippi

If you are passionate about nursing and you have a genuine desire to help people, then you should know that you can easily pursue a lucrative career as a LPN or a licensed practical nurse in the state of Mississippi, by enrolling in a specialized and state approved course of education that is specifically designed for future LPNs. There are several such programs spread across the state of Mississippi, and all of them aim to provide students with enough theoretical and practical training in a hospital setting to be able to efficiently practice nursing in the future. These LPN training programs usually last for one year or one year and a half, and at the end of the training programs all future LPNs are required to become licensed in order to practice legally.

First time licensees (nurses who do not own any other license) can apply by examination, while LPNs who have already obtained their nursing license in another state can get their Mississippi nursing license by endorsement. First time licensee must send a series of documents to the State Board of Nursing, in order to show that they are eligible for the LPN license. That being said, in addition to the classic licensure application form, these health care professionals must also submit their criminal background check, along with their ATT (acronym that stands for the Authorization to Test for the NCLEX examination), the NCLEX registration form, the official transcript which must be sent directly by the LPN training school along with the degree and the graduation date. After meeting all these eligibility requirements for the licensure examination, future licensed practical nurses are allowed to sit for the NCLEX examination, which is a comprehensive and in-depth test designed to check the nursing skills, knowledge and expertise of these medical professionals. The LPN licenses are set to expire every odd-numbered years, which means that all licensed practical nurses in these state must renew their licenses once every two years.

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How To Become A RN In Mississippi

group of nursesRNs or registered nurses are at least as appreciated in the health care industry in the state of Mississippi as the licensed practical nurses. Statistically speaking, more than half of the licensed nurses who work in the state are employed by state hospitals, and they are allowed to perform considerably more medical tasks than LPNs – they can administer medication, they can offer high-quality medical care and assistants during the recovery process and they can also monitor the health of patients.

Having said that, most registered nurses choose to get either an Associate’s degree in Nursing, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing or a Master’s, in order to pursue a lucrative career in the nursing industry. All these three programs provide the student with all the classroom and the laboratory/clinical training he or she will need later on as a registered nurse, including courses in anatomy, human physiology, behavioral sciences, emergency medicine, medical ethics, health law and such. Only after graduating from an approved RN training programs these professionals can apply for a license, which will only be obtained after sitting for the NCLEX-Registered Nurse examination, which is a more comprehensive and difficult exam than the NCLEX-Practical Nurse examination.

BSN Requirements In Mississippi

Enrolling in a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing is the wisest choice for those who want to work in the state of Mississippi as either a registered nurse or a nurse practitioner. The eligibility requirements vary greatly, but the most important ones include the graduation from an Associate’s Degree training program, a minimum GPA of 2.5 or more on a scale of 4.0 in non-nursing pre-requisite courses, a proof of criminal background check, a negative screening for controlled substances, pre-requisite courses, proof of unrestricted license to practice medicine as a registered nurse, proof of holding a current and valid CPR examination as well as proof of immunizations, a TB skin test and a thorough physical examination.

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The interactive chart above is a visual representation of the annual salary of Mississippi licensed nurse compared to the national annual salaries, all based on the latest May 2013 Occupational Employment Statistics figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Nursing Schools In Mississippi

There are several nursing schools in Mississippi that offer high-quality LPN and RN training programs, such as the Northwest Mississippi Community College in Ashland, the Holmes Community College in Ridgeland, the Hinds Community College in Jackson, the Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale, the East Central Community College, the Pearl River Community College and many others.

Rhode Island Nursing License

rhode-islandThe requirements for working as a nurse in Rhode Island are fairly basic and fundamental. All working nurses must have a valid, current Rhode Island nursing license, and they be able to show proof that they have completed an associates degree in nursing. Both the license and the degree must be approved by the Rhode Island Board of Nursing.

Employment prospects within the state are promising. There are over 12,000 working RNNs in Rhode Island, and their average annual salary is approximately $71,000.

The Rhode Island State Nurses Association is a good source of information about working as a nurse in Rhode Island, and this organization can also provide useful information about grants and scholarships for different educational programs. This information can be accessed at www.risna.org. Additional information can be found at http://www.health.ri.gov/for/nurses/.

RN Licensing

To acquire a nursing license in Rhode Island, nursing applicants must be of good moral character, and they must complete a basic high school program or equivalency course as well as a board-approved basic nursing education program.

RNs must pass the NCLEX-RN exam, or they can apply for a license via endorsement.

Rhode Island is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact, so out-of-state nurses do not need to apply for a license to work in the state if they have a current, valid license from their home state and that state is a part of the NLC.

Foreign-educated nurses can work in Rhode Island if they complete the requirements of the Commission of Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) and they can present a copy of a driver’s license, tax return, etc.

The licensing agency in their home state must also submit a statement to the Rhode Island Board of Nursing that the candidate is in good standing in that state.

Licensing fees are $145 for RNs and $45 for LPNs.

For RNs, ten hours of continuing education during the two years covered by their current license are required for renewal.

In addition, RNs must also provide a recent passport-style photo, along with an official transcript from the nursing school they completed that lists their graduation date and degree.

They also must apply to the Department of the Attorney General for a national background check that is supported by fingerprints, and for a state background check as well. This report must be sent directly from the AG’s office to the Rhode Island Board of nursing.

More information on this process can be found at www.riag.state.ri.us/bci/records.php.

LPN License Requirements

LPNs seeking to practice nursing in Rhode Island must have a high school education or a certificate showing completion of the equivalent, along with an official transcript from a government-approved school of practical nursing that shows completion of general curriculum. Their coursework must include the biological and physical sciences, social science and nursing, and basic concepts in medical, obstetrical, psychiatric and pediatric nursing.

They must also successfully complete a board approved English language proficiency examination.

Finally, they must successfully pass the NCLEX-PN to work in Rhode Island.

RN Education Requirements

male nurseTo become an RN in Rhode Island, nurses must complete an associates degree in nursing from a university or accredited college that has been approved by the Rhode Island Board of Nursing.

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For LPNs in Rhode Island seeking to become registered nurses, Rhode Island offers an additional path to an associates degree in nursing via the College Network, which sponsors an online program that leads to an AS in Nursing. LPNs must have an existing nursing license to qualify for this program.

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Salary and Career Info

The interactive chart above is a visual representation of the annual salary of Rhode Island licensed nurse compared to the national annual salaries, all based on the latest May 2013 Occupational Employment Statistics figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

RN to BSN Programs

Due to the combination of an aging population, health care reform measure and new preventive care programs, many registered nurses in Rhode Island are finding that they need additional education to keep up with the ongoing demands of their workplace. The RN-to-BSN program has turned out to be an ideal solution to this problem.

In Rhode Island, a partial list of colleges offering this program includes the New England Institute of Technology in Warwick, Rhode Island College in Providence (and Kingston) and Salve Regina University.

The best specialization areas for nurses choosing this program are obstetrics and gynecology, pediatric nursing and nursing education. ICUs and catheterization labs are popular destinations for those with this degree, and RNs with a BSN are also highly desirable in skin and wound care work.

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