If you’re thinking of going into the field of nursing, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about becoming a licensed rehabilitation nurse (LNR).
- Nursing degree
Nursing degrees are offered at the associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s levels. A bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) is required for entry into most entry-level positions as a registered nurse (RN). A master’s degree in nursing (MSN) is required for advanced practice nursing roles such as clinical nurse specialist or nurse practitioner. For example, if you want to work with older adults as a gerontological clinical specialist, you need an MSN from an accredited program approved by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).
State Licensure Requirements
State licensure requirements vary from state to state. However, the following are some general examples of what you will need to do in order for your license application to be considered:
- Complete a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited nursing program with clinical experience in rehabilitation nursing.
- Pass all parts of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and submit official results within six months of graduation.
- Complete additional training and/or education if required by your state board of nursing (BON).
Certifications are a great way to stand out in the field. There are many different certifications available, but it is important to choose one that is relevant to your career goals. Some examples of certifications you could get include:
- Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP)
- Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
Working Conditions, Benefits and Salary
As a rehabilitation nurse, you will work in various settings such as hospitals, outpatient clinics and nursing homes. You may also be called upon to travel to different locations for short periods of time. The hours are typically long … Continue reading >>>