RN in Turkey wants to work in States

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I'm register nurse from Turkey I have been 5 years in USA I have greencard and almost citizen I want to work from here but my license doesn't work from here how can I work from here Thank you

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To work as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States with your foreign nursing credentials, you must go through a process to obtain a U.S. nursing license. Here are the steps you should follow:

  • Credential evaluation. Contact a credential evaluation service agency like the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) to evaluate your nursing education and credentials to ensure they meet U.S. standards.
  • Submit the required documents. You must provide documents such as your nursing diploma, official transcripts, and proof of licensure in Turkey. These documents may need to be translated into English and notarized.
  • Take an English proficiency exam. If your nursing education was not in English, you might need to take an English language proficiency test, such as the TOEFL or IELTS, to demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively in English.
  • NCLEX-RN exam. Apply for the NCLEX-RN. The National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) is required for licensure. Apply to the board of nursing in the state where you plan to work to take this exam.
  • Register with Pearson Vue, an international testing company.
  • Prepare for the exam. Many resources are available to help you prepare for the NCLEX-RN, including study guides, online courses, and practice exams.
  • Take and pass the exam. Schedule and pass the NCLEX-RN exam.

State Licensure Application

  • Apply for licensure in your state. Each state has its requirements and procedures for licensure. Contact the board of nursing in the state where you wish to work to understand their specific requirements.
  • Submit application and fees. Complete the application process, including submitting your credential evaluation, proof of passing the NCLEX-RN, and any other required documentation. Pay the necessary fees.

Background Check

Complete a background check: Most states require a criminal background check, typically including fingerprinting, as part of the licensure process.

Obtain Your License

Receive your license. Once all the requirements are met and your application is approved, congrats! You will be issued a license to practice as a registered nurse in the state.

Additional Tips

Check reciprocity agreements. Some states have reciprocity agreements and compact nursing licensure, simplifying the process if you move to a different state later.

Join professional nursing associations. Organizations like the American Nurses Association (ANA) can provide resources, networking opportunities, and continuing education.

Completing these steps will allow you to work as a registered nurse in the United States with your Turkish credentials.

Best wishes,

Nurse Beth