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Become a Registered Nurse in Alabama - AL
By an allied health world contributing writer
Published: February, 12 2010
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How to Become an RN in Alabama
Obtain your high school diploma:
If you are interested in pursuing a career as a registered nurse, you must first graduate from high school. While in high school it is recommended that you take classes that will help you succeed in college for nursing by taking biology, algebra, science and other math classes. Be aware and conscience of obtaining good grades through high school as this will help you get into a college that has a reputable nursing program.
Obtain a college degree:
It is imperative that you attend a college or university that offers accredited Alabama RN programs. Keep in mind while searching for the right school that they offer courses in anatomy, biology, physiology, ethics and nutrition. In addition, the college or university of your choice should have hands-on clinical practice as this is another requirement in nursing. Degree programs will consist of a Diploma in nursing, Associates degree in nursing or a Bachelor degree in nursing.
Obtain and pass the NCLEX-RN exam:
The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is a must after earning your degree. This national exam is required for all registered nursing licenses and you cannot begin working as a RN until you have successfully passed this exam.
Obtain continuing education:
Alabama requires you to complete four contact hour mandatory classes as follows; The Role of the Alabama Board of Nursing which consists of Board functions; Legal, Ethical and Practice Implications which consists of nursing practice act, accountability, professional conduct and regulations.
Another consideration to keep in mind is advancement. While this is not required to become a nurse, most nurses are interested in growing, advancing and development within their profession. For example, if you have earned an Associates degree, you may consider earning a Bachelors degree and so forth.
Alabama Board of Nursing
770 Washington Avenue
RSA Plaza, Ste 250
Montgomery, AL 36130-3900
Contact Person: N. Genell Lee, MSN, JD, RN, Executive Officer
Professional Associations for Alabama Nurses
The Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA) is known for their commitment to nursing excellence. They are located in downtown Montgomery, AL.
360 North Hull Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
The American Nursing Association (ANA) represents 2.9 million registered nurses. The ANA is responsible for looking out for the best interest of their RNs by expecting high standard nursing, the rights of nurses, portraying a positive view of nursing and lobbying congress on health care issues.
American Nurses Association
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 400
Silver Spring, MD 20910
There are also other professional associations and organizations with a wide variety of genre. Whatever your specialty may be in nursing, you can certainly find an association for it.