Becoming a Nurse in Nevada
If you’re interested in becoming a nurse in Nevada, there are a few different paths you can take.
The Nevada State Board of Nursing issues licenses for nurses to practice as registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).
The board also recognizes certified nursing assistants (CNAs) by providing them with certificates. Applications for each of these types of nursing licenses can be submitted through the board's online Nevada Nurse Portal.
How To Get CNA Certification in Nevada
A Nevada CNA certificate is necessary for students who want to assist patients under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse. To qualify for certification in this field, candidates should start by completing a training program to develop skills — including communication, personal care procedures, safety and infection control, exercise, and nutrition. Upon completing this kind of program, an applicant is prepared to apply for a Nevada CNA certificate.
There are two methods through which a candidate can qualify for a Nevada CNA license: (1) Individuals may obtain a license by passing the nursing aide competency exam. (2) For CNAs who already have a license or certificate in another state, the state also issues licenses by endorsement at its discretion. Candidates may be required to pay a fee in order to obtain a CNA certification.
To renew a CNA certificate, candidates must submit requests directly through the Nevada Nurse Portal and pay an application fee.
How To Get an LPN License in Nevada
In order to qualify as an LPN in the state, LPN candidates should begin by earning a certificate of achievement in a board-approved education program.
Applicants may obtain a license by passing an exam or by endorsement.
Licensure by examination requires applicants to take the NCLEX-PN and receive a passing score in order to be eligible.
Applicants for licensure by endorsement must already possess an LPN from another state or country. The Nevada State Nursing Board can issue an equivalent Nevada LPN license at its discretion.
When applying online via the Nevada Nurse Portal, applicants will need to submit personal information, such as a criminal background report and official school transcripts. They will also need to pay an application fee.
Renewing an expired LPN license in Nevada must also be done through the state's website.
How To Get an RN License in Nevada
Aspiring RNs in Nevada must complete an approved educational program. For most applicants, this involves seeking an associate degree — at minimum. After completing a degree, students can qualify for licensure by receiving a passing score on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Nurses who are already registered in another state or country and would like to receive an equivalent license in Nevada may qualify for licensure through endorsement.
All applications are submitted through the Nevada Nurse Portal. This is a secure online system, where aspiring nurses can apply for licensure, check their licensure status, and even apply for license renewal. Applicants must disclose any previous criminal charges, submit to fingerprinting, and pay an application fee before they are granted a Nevada nursing license.
Students who currently have an LPN license and are interested in obtaining an RN license may want to consider LPN to RN programs in Nevada, which can help them make the transition.
How To Get an APRN License in Nevada
An APRN license in Nevada is usually more difficult to obtain than other types of licensure since it requires additional education and experience. Applicants must have a master's degree or higher in their chosen role, and they must be certified by the national certifying board for that role. They must also maintain an RN license.
Candidates for this type of Nevada nursing license should apply online via the Nevada Nurse Portal. At the time of application, candidates must also determine what type of nursing certification or specialization they will choose. Options include registering as a certified nurse practitioner (CNP), certified nurse midwife (CNM), or clinical nurse specialist (CNS).