Become a Registered Nurse in New York

New York is a city that never sleeps because it has the best hospitals and medical centers in the United States. With that reputation, there is a big demand for the best and most talented nurses anywhere in the world. The nursing shortage in the country has put a lot of pressure on healthcare facilities, like the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Mount Sinai Medical Center, or the Hospital for Special Surgery, to hire registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and nursing specialists to maintain high level of care.

Nurses who want to work in New York have to go through a process of acquiring a state license so that they can practice their profession. Just like state and federal government agencies, the New York nursing board has strict laws and regulations that applicants have to follow. Though it may take months to accomplish, foreign nurses have to undergo additional paperwork. So if you are keen in practicing nursing abroad and look for overseas jobs then you need to process your immigration papers.

Follow these basic procedures when you want to process your requirements:

1. Visit the website of the New York State Board of Nursing (NYSBN) under the state’s Education Department at and find the following forms:

a. For registered nurses and licensed practical nurses

- Application for Licensure

- Certification for Professional Education

- Verification of Other Professional Licensure/Certification

- Application for Limited Permit

- Child Abuse Certification of Exemption Form

b. For nurse practitioners

- Application for Certification and First Registration

- Certification for Professional Education, may include Verification of Instruction in New York State and Federal Laws Related to Prescriptions and Record Keeping or Verification of Pharmacotherapeutics Course

- Verification of National Nurse Practitioner Examination

- Verification of Experience

2. Fill out the application form that you downloaded from the NYSBN website. While your application is being processed, do your research on potential employers and vacant job openings in New York. Foreign nurses should take care of their visa requirements.

3. Foreign nurses need to produce a copy of their diploma and nursing license that allows them to practice nursing in their country.

4. Fill out all the necessary forms and including other pertinent documents and send it via mail to: New York State Board of Registered Nursing, Education Bldg., 89 Washington Avenue, 2nd Floor West Wing, Albany, NY 12234.

5. After the NYSBN approves your application for licensure, you will now be able to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) in the state of New York. The computerized exam will assess your nursing knowledge, skills, and competency level. Pay the examination registration fee.

6. Prepare for the NCLEX-RN by taking review classes or enroll in special refresher courses.

7. Take and pass the NCLEX-RN. Once you passed the exam, the Board will provide your Registered Nursing License two to four weeks later.

8. Congratulations, you can now apply for nursing jobs in various healthcare facilities in New York.

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