Become a Registered Nurse in Indiana - IN

How to Become an RN in Indiana

Unfortunately, Indiana was unable to implement the proposed multi-state licensure compact, so you must have an Indiana license to practice without supervision in the state.

The Indiana State Board of Nursing is a division of the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. Among the requirements it asks of you to apply for an RN license, you must pay up all property taxes and have a clean criminal record.

After graduating from one of the accredited Indiana RN programs offered online or through campus based institutions, you must complete the Indiana licensure application and the National Council of State Boards of Testing’s NCLEX Candidate Bulletin. The latter application will help set you up to take the licensing examination.

If you have been licensed as an RN in any other state, you must have verification sent to Indianapolis. Also, you must have a certificate of completion forwarded from your school to the state as well as verification of any health-related licenses and certificates you already hold.

Following the receipt of your applications and fees and your successful passing of the exam, your license to practice nursing unsupervised will be sent to you.

If you graduated from a foreign nursing school, you must verify that you received your license in that country. You must provide proof that you passed the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) examination and provide notarized nursing school transcripts from your school separated into clinical and theory hours or days.

If you are already an RN in another state that participates in the reciprocal NURSYS program, you can apply to Indiana for a license via endorsement. Note that if you were licensed in Illinois or Florida, Indiana requires you provide official documentation of having graduated from an accredited program. Those two states do not verify education of their applicants for other states regularly.

The state also sponsors the Indiana State Nurses Assistance Program to help licensed RNs who have been adversely affected by the abuse of alcohol or other drugs.

 Indiana Nursing Organizations

Indiana State Nurses organization (ISNA)
For more than a century, this affiliate of the American Nurses Association and the International Council of Nurses has represented RNs in the goal of promoting and influencing health care quality and legislation and advocating for quality nursing.

Indiana State Nurses Association
2915 North High School Road
Indianapolis, IN 46224

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

Nearly 20 Indiana campuses comprise the hundreds of chapters of this worldwide group. Founded in 1922 at the Indiana University, this group has over 400,000 members in 86 nations. It is open to people enrolled in nursing programs and helps support their educational goals.

Indiana Association of School Nurses (IASN)
This group helps Indiana school nurses form a network with other nurses and partner with other people and groups to promote quality school health services, advocate pro-school health legislation and offer educational opportunities for school nurses.

Indiana Association of School Nurses
611 S. Water Street
Crawfordsville, IN 47933

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