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Become a Registered Nurse in Maryland - MD

How to Become an RN in Maryland

If you have never held an RN license, after graduating from one of the approved Maryland RN programs with your nursing degree, you must fill out a Maryland Board of Nursing application and the NCLEX-RN exam application. The exam tests your knowledge of nursing craft and can be taken all over the United States.
If you’ve already earned your RN license in a state that is part of the compact with Maryland (this includes AZ, AK, CO, DE, ID, IA, KY, ME, MS, NE, NH, NM, NC, ND, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA and WA) your license is more easily transferrable. You can apply for license by endorsement.


License by endorsement means you must submit the application and fee, a signed photograph, and a NURSYS (the multi-state compact, run by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing) License Verification Request form

Maryland Organizations for Registered Nurses
Maryland Nurses Association
Founded in 1903 with 400 nurses, this group serves as the voice for nurses in the state and offers camaraderie, mentoring, educational programs and advocacy for nurses and health care legislation

Maryland Nurses Association
21 Governor's Court, Suite 195
Baltimore, MD 21244
410-944-5800
marylandrn.org

Maryland Association of Nursing Students (MANS)
Helping students choose a career in nursing, this organization offers scholarships, advice, mentoring and job search assistance for those considering a position in this field. The group is an affiliate of the National Student Nurses Association.

Maryland Association of Nursing Students (MANS)
Marylandnursingstudents.org

Maryland Nurses Coalition (MNC)
This non-profit professional group advocates for nurses in the state and fights to provide access to healthcare, to reduce domestic violence and other factors that may harm residents. The MNC also advocates to properly fund Maryland’s healthcare system.

Maryland Nurses Coalition
11400 Harford Rd. 
Baltimore, MD 21057
410-807-6242
marylandnurses.org


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