Become a Registered Nurse in West Virginia - WV
How to Become an RN in West Virginia
After successful completion of one of the West Virginia RN programs or online courses you must complete two forms to sit for the nursing examination: the West Virginia Nursing Board’s RN Board Exam Application Packet (so the state can verify your education and credentials) and the Pearson Vue Application (which will allow you to sit for the exam.
A $51.50 fee is required for the first application and a $200 fee is needed to take the test.
The exam is the NCLEX-RN test (National Council Licensure Examination), created by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. It is a multiple-choice exam that you can take on a computer in many locations throughout the country. You need not be in West Virginia to take the exam.
West Virginia will check your background for criminal activity or other regrettable actions that may prevent you from fulfilling your duties as best you can.
The Board also investigates complaints against licensed nurses and punishes those who fail to acquire a license but practice nursing anyway, or let their license expire (or fail to earn all the continuing credits required for renewing their license).
After you have obtained your license, it will not be hard to find nursing jobs in West Virginia. Finding the right job, however, requires conducting your own research for the ideal hospital, clinic or school setting where you will feel most comfortable working. Often, the locale in which you work is dependent on the type of specialty you have studied (e.g., if you specialize in nurse midwifery, you will find it easier to obtain work in an ob/gyn practice).
West Virginia Organizations for Registered Nurses
West Virginia Nurses Association (WVNA)
In an effort to get the state to pass a law to license nurses in 1903, three state nurses banded together to form a society, patterning it after other state societies. The group officially met as an association in 1906, and got their law passed the following year.
By 1926, 673 of the 1,000 nurses in the state were members. At the annual meeting in Charleston at the end of WWII, the WVNA boasted 2,231 members. In 2007, membership was up 38% and the group continues to help its members through collective bargaining, lobbying the legislature and providing educational and networking opportunities.
West Virginia Nurses Association
405 Capitol Street, Suite 600
Charleston, WV 25301
West Virginia Organization of Nurse Executives (WVONE)
If you decide to go into nursing administration, you might consider joining this group, which offer professional development and researching into advance nursing practice and helps change health care policy through its lobbying efforts.
West Virginia Organization of Nurse Executives