Become a Registered Nurse in New Jersey - NJ

Steps to Becoming a Registered Nurse in New Jersey

  • Find a college that offers New Jersey RN programs leading to either an Associate’s Degree in Nursing or a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. An Associate’s Degree in nursing takes between two and three years to complete and a person receiving this degree and passes the state tests are considered a Registered Nurse. A Bachelors of Science in Nursing takes approximately four years if the student is going to school full-time for all four years.
  • Obtain clinical experience. This is usually done while obtaining either your bachelors or associates degree. This allows the nurse to work in a hospital or office setting under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. Having clinical experience will also allow you get a job quicker after you graduate.
  • Become licensed. In New Jersey, The New Jersey Board of Nursing licenses all registered nurses. Registered Nurses are required to take a pass the NCLEX-RN Examination.
    • The first step in preparation for taking the NCLEX-RN Exam is to have your transcripts sent to the New Jersey Board of Nursing. Ask the college you graduated from to send officials transcripts to the New Jersey Board of Nursing.
    • After transcripts are sent, download the application to take the NCLEX-RN Exam at http://nclexreviewers.com/nclex-application-form-new-jersey-board-of-nursing.html. This is specific to New Jersey.
    • Register for the NCLEX-RN at www.pearsonvue.com/nclex after you have sent your transcripts to the New Jersey Board of Nursing. There is a $200 fee for taking the NCLEX-RN Exam. While you are waiting for your results, you will receive notification from the New Jersey Board of Nursing regarding a background check. Every RN has to pass a background check in order to start working as a Registered Nurse.
  • After you have taken and passed the NCLEX-RN you will have to complete an application with the New Jersey Board of Nursing http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/nursing/nur_applications.htm to be licensed to work in New Jersey.  You will also be required to mail a 2 X 2 photograph of yourself and $225 check payable to the New Jersey Board of Nursing. Then mail your application to address listed on the application packet.
  • Get a job as a nurse in the area you are interested. It is important for nurses to specialize in an area they enjoy working in. Nursing offers an opportunity to specialize in a particular area you enjoy. If you enjoy working with babies you can work in a Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit, if you enjoy working with older adults you can work for a Geriatric Doctor etc. There is a huge shortage of nurses in the United States and in New Jersey so finding a job is not too difficult even in dismal economic times.


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