Become Nurse In Alaska + Requirements & Licensing
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ENTRY LEVEL PRACTICE NURSESSTAGE 1. COMPLETE AN LPN (LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE) DIPLOMA PROGRAM. During this program, you will gain patient care techniques and clinical care. It will allow you to sit the NCLEX-PN examination, which is a national examination. See 6 Things to Know About the NCLEX Examination and How to Master NCLEX-Style Test Questions. STAGE 2. COMPLETE EITHER AN ASSOCIATE’S DEGREE OR A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN NURSING, WHICH ALLOWS YOU TO BECOME A REGISTERED NURSE. These two options have similar prerequisites. During the first year of studying, you will complete between 15 and 30 hours of core courses like statistics, math, psychology and physiology. These core courses will allow you to be accepted in a nursing college. Choosing the bachelor’s option will give you more advanced skills and knowledge and allows for greater job opportunities. Both degrees will allow you to sit the NCLEX-RN examination. Some 90% of students have a pass grade on these degrees. STAGE 3. ONCE YOU PASS YOUR NCLEX-PN OR NCLEX-RN EXAMINATION, YOU CAN BECOME LICENSED THROUGH THE ALASKA BOARD OF NURSING.
ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSESIn Alaska, three types of specializations exist for advanced practice nurses. These are:
- Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANP)
- Nurse Midwives (who is also an ANP)
- Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA)
- The program must be at least a year in length full time.
- At least 500 hours of clinical practice must be included.
- At least 3 credits must be offered in advanced pharmacotherapeutics, advanced pathophysiology and advanced physical assessment.
- The ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center), who recognize Adult Nurse Practitioners, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP), Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP), Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner PNP) and the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).
- The AANP (American Academy of Nurse Practitioners), which recognizes the Adult Nurse Practitioner and the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP.
- The AACN Certification Corporation (American Association of Critical Care Nurses), which recognizes the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.
- The NCC (National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing Specialties), which recognizes the Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) and the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP).
- The National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Nurses (NCBPNP/N), which recognizes the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP).
- The National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA), which recognizes the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).
- The American Midwifery Certification Board, which recognizes the Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM).
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