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How can I get my RN license without taking the NCLEX again?

Monday September 10, 2012
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Dear Donna,

I would like to get my New York RN license. I took the NCLEX in August 2008. Can I get my license without taking the NCLEX again?

NY Nurse

Dear Donna replies:

Dear NY Nurse,

Presuming you previously passed the NCLEX or have a valid RN license in another state, to obtain an RN license in New York you simply would have to apply for it there by "endorsement." That means you would have to fill out an application, pay a fee, provide required paperwork and meet their eligibility requirements including taking certain continuing education courses. You would not have to retake the NCLEX.

Find the procedure and forms at www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/nurseforms.htm. If you have more questions about the procedure, you can call and/or email the board directly.

Best wishes,

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://Events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.