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Do I need to take the NCLEX after I earn my BSN?

Tuesday December 18, 2012
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Dear Donna,

I have an RN license. Do I need to take the NCLEX after I earn my BSN?

BSN Student

Dear Donna replies:

Dear BSN Student,

Good news: You do not have to retake the NCLEX after completing your BSN. Your RN license will be valid as long as you renew it according to your state guidelines and meet your state requirements for renewal.

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.