Become a Registered Nurse in Texas

Texas has a good healthcare system that is supported by hospitals, medical centers, nursing homes, and assisted-living facilities that provide high level of care to people living in Houston, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, Dallas, and Fort Worth. Despite having this extensive healthcare infrastructure, there is an existing nursing shortage that puts a lot of pressure on the Texas Children’s Hospital, the Children’s Medical Center-Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, and Baylor University Medical Center to fill their vacancies with registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and nursing specialists to provide the needed medical care to their patients.

Nurses who want to work in Texas 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 Texas 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 Texas Board of Nursing (TBN) at and take of the requirements needed for your licensure application.

2. Accomplish the application form and include all the pertinent documents for the application. While your application is being processed, do your research on potential employers and vacant job openings in Texas. 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. Send all the necessary forms and including other pertinent documents and send it via mail to: Texas Board of Registered Nursing, 333 Guadalupe #3-460, Austin, TX 78701.

5. After the TBN 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 Texas. The computerized exam will assess your comprehension of nursing fundamentals, healthcare administration, and management of the patient care environment.

6. Go to TBN’s website to register for the NCLEX-RN and schedule the time for you to take it.

7. After taking and passing the NCLEX-RN, complete the Texas Medicine Jurisprudence Examination for Registered Nurses (TMJE-RN) with a passing score. This exam will assess the nurse’s comprehension of legal issues affecting nursing care delivery. It is important to note that the Board does not issue a permanent Registered Nursing License if you don’t pass the TMJE-RN.

8. Find links to the jurisprudence exam in TBN’s website.

9. Complete the application process by including your school records, nursing documents, and exam results. The results of the TMJE-RN will also be included in the application. A background check is also compulsory so you need to submit your fingerprints and supporting documentation.

10. The Board will provide your Registered Nursing License two to four weeks later.

11. Congratulations, you can now apply for nursing jobs in various healthcare facilities in Texas.

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