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CAREER DEVELOPMENT / DEC. 27, 2012
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How to Become a Nurse in New York

 Nurses are in high demand in New York, thus the chances of becoming a nurse are possible within a relatively short space of time. Provided you have the relevant qualifications, the process of landing a nursing job in New York can take less time than you think.

If you wish to work as a registered nurse within the state of New York, there are a number of requirements that you must meet with in order to successfully acquire the position.

In order to become a nurse in New York you will first need to have the necessary qualifications. For example if you wish to become an entry-level nurse, you can acquire the qualification in less than a year upon graduating from high school. However if you wish to become a Registered Nurse (RN) it will take around 2 ½ years with an Associate Degree, and 4 ½ to 5 years with a Bachelor of Science or Nursing degree.

Once you have acquired your nursing degree you will be in an advantageous position to upgrade your qualification as desired. There are countless nursing qualifications available that will enable you to expand your skills, knowledge and understanding of this fascinating industry.

Once you have successfully passed a New York nursing program, you can begin the process of searching for employment. Before gaining employment status you must first acquire the necessary license that permits you to work as a nurse in the state of New York. In order to become employed as a licensed practical nurse in New York you must:

  • Be of good moral character

  • Be at least 17 years of age

  • Be a high school graduate or the equivalent

  • Meet education and examination requirements

In order to become employed as a registered professional nurse in New York you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old

  • Meet the required educational specifications

  • Complete training in identifying and reporting child abuse

  • Meet examination requirements

Once you become an authorized license holder you will be free to practice nursing throughout the state of New York.  

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