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RN Nursing Programs in Nevada - NV

How to Become an RN in Nevada

Aspiring Registered Nurses in Nevada can choose between two options: an Associate Degree, Nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor’s Degree, Nursing (BSN). An ADN is a two year degree, and a BSN takes four years. The extra two years may seem like a lot, but it also yields great advantages by allowing for enough time to pursue in-depth studies in particular areas of interest for aspiring nurses. Advanced nursing theory, practice and concepts, and a plethora of electives leave BSN students in charge of their own direction upon graduation, more so than an ADN-equipped Registered Nurse.

Students must first take around 10 prerequisite courses in general studies before applying to a college of nursing for either a BSN or an ADN—courses such as introductory psychology, biology, anatomy, physiology and statistics or math. Entry is very competitive, and high grades, as well as volunteer experience, are the best ways to ensure acceptance. Both routes include a number of classes targeted at teaching them the necessary skills for effective care and management strategies, which are rounded out by electives and studies of social and emotional processes that are a big part of nursing. But this isn’t to say they are exactly the same; an ADN places more emphasis on preparing students for practice over the two years of study, while a BSN spends the first two years both on practical training and preparing students for advanced studies.

Both an ADN and a BSN culminate with the NCLEX-RN licensure exam, which requires application to the Nevada State Board of Nursing with proof of completion of RN training, fingerprinting, and an application fee of $51.25; then, prospective RNs pay $200 to national examiners Pearson Vue to take the test. Almost 90 percent of graduating students pass and enter the work force as licensed Registered Nurses. Those that don’t pass can take it again 45 days later.

RN Salary, Hours and Duties in Nevada

RNs in Nevada are most likely to find employment in hospitals, where over sixty percent of them work, but there are plenty of other opportunities out there at retirement homes, doctor’s offices, and beyond. Regardless of the setting, Registered Nurses spend most of their time managing patient care strategies in conjunction with doctors, and coordinating lesser-qualified nursing assistants and LPNs in patient care. Those working in hospitals and other 24-hour institutions sometimes work nights, early mornings, split shifts, weekends, and holidays—after all, health problems don’t conform to a 9 to 5 schedule. The good news is that Registered Nurses in Nevada, as the largest group of health care professionals in the state tend to make good wages—an average of $66,000 per year (according to BLS.gov) plus benefits in cities like Reno and Las Vegas.