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So I'm planning to move to New Jersey in the next year and a half or two to be closer to family, and I was trying to look into requirements to get a New Jersey nursing license. I saw something about SANE certification. Is that a requirement to have to be licensed there, or did I read that wrong? I just want to know what my timeline should be because it looks like you have to be a nurse for two years before being able to take a SANE certification course. Is it as simple as just passing a background check, submitting your transcripts and other documents, or is it more difficult to be licensed in NJ from another state? I'm from Maine, and naturally, I decide to move to a state that isn't involved in the compact state agreement. Also is it better to have a BSN for the job market there, or have you found that hospitals are employing ADN nurses? Here in Maine ADN/BSN is legitimately only a small difference in pay, and hospitals take both. The plan is to get a BSN soon, regardless, but I'd like to know if I should be getting it before I move or if I can work on it while working there.

Thank you so much for any help!

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JustBeachyNurse has 10 years experience and works as a Nurse.

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No SANE is a specific credential and subsequent RN license endorsement for nurses who choose to work as a sexual assault nurse examiner. There is a shortage of experienced specialist nurses. The more metropolitan (closer to NYC in north or Phil in the south/west) the more competitive securing hospital work as an ASN so BSN more likely needed. Though experienced (3-5 years +) specially ASN or diploma RN with stellar references has a greater chance than an inexperienced BSN/RN. You can always start looking at the postings for the major hospital systems (RWJ/Barnabas Health, Atlantic Health, Hackensack-Meridian Health, Capital Health , AtlanticHealth/Geisinger)

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KelRN215 has 10 years experience and works as a Complex Care Manager.

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SANE = sexual assault nurse examiner. It's a relatively uncommon specialty. No state is going to require all nurses applying for licensure by endorsement to be SANEs.

https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/nur/Applications/RN-and-LPN-Licensure-by-Endorsement.pdf

^ neither the terms SANE, sexual assault or nurse examiner appear anywhere in that 17 pg document about endorsing to NJ. Is it possible you read the requirements for becoming a SANE in NJ when already a SANE elsewhere?

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mindiianajones has <1 years experience.

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No SANE is a specific credential and subsequent RN license endorsement for nurses who choose to work as a sexual assault nurse examiner. There is a shortage of experienced specialist nurses. The more metropolitan (closer to NYC in north or Phil in the south/west) the more competitive securing hospital work as an ASN so BSN more likely needed. Though experienced (3-5 years +) specially ASN or diploma RN with stellar references has a greater chance than an inexperienced BSN/RN. You can always start looking at the postings for the major hospital systems (RWJ/Barnabas Health, Atlantic Health, Hackensack-Meridian Health, Capital Health , AtlanticHealth/Geisinger)

Perfect, thank you! I knew it was a sexual assault examiner so I thought it was a little weird that it seemed to imply you needed that before you could be licensed in the state, so I definitely read it wrong. But thank you for clearing that up for me! I definitely want to be more competitive, so I'll have to put in for my BSN soon, then.

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mindiianajones has <1 years experience.

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SANE = sexual assault nurse examiner. It's a relatively uncommon specialty. No state is going to require all nurses applying for licensure by endorsement to be SANEs.

https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/nur/Applications/RN-and-LPN-Licensure-by-Endorsement.pdf

^ neither the terms SANE, sexual assault or nurse examiner appear anywhere in that 17 pg document about endorsing to NJ. Is it possible you read the requirements for becoming a SANE in NJ when already a SANE elsewhere?

I didn't realize it was so uncommon! I thought it was a little weird to require anyone trying to get a license in this state to have that certification, but I've never tried to apply for a license in another state, so I figured I'd ask. I definitely didn't find that document you linked, so wherever I read it, which I don't remember what the website was now, I think the wording was just off and I read it wrong, that's all. But thank you for the info!

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Haven't heard of SANE. NJ hospitals prefer BSNs. It's been my experience that a BSN is required within 5 years of hire. They followed suit with N.Y. on that requirement. I believe it's a form and fee, then a wait...

Pages - RN/LPN Endorsement Application Process

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