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How to Become a Nurse in Alaska

Ever since you were a little kid playing with that plastic medical kit, you’ve known you were born to help others. There are more than 15 million healthcare jobs out there1 but if you have your heart set on becoming a nurse, you’ll have to step up. It’s a demanding, but rewarding field. Are you up for it?

Here’s what you’ll need to do to become a nurse in the State of Alaska:

Apply to a Board-recognized and accredited nursing program. Before you can become a nurse, you’ll need to train to be one. And that process starts with your application. You need to be at least 18 years old, and will need to pass an entrance exam, drug screening, and a background check. You will also need to provide proof of current vaccinations and immunizations.

Graduate from your program. Your nursing program will teach you the fundamentals of human anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, and what you need to become a professional and effective nurse. You’ll learn about the critical need to follow proper sanitation and sterilization protocols and how to provide excellent patient care. You will also learn about healthcare regulations, patient privacy rules, and workplace laws.  During your program, you will have frequent assessments to make certain you master each level of training. Once you graduate from your program,  you can submit an application for your licensure exam. The Board of Nursing must to approve all candidates to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX).

Pass the NCLEX exam. Once you have successfully completed your practical nurse program, you can sit for the NCLEX-PN exam. If you complete an associate’s degree in nursing or a bachelor’s degree in nursing program, you can sit for the NCLEX-RN exam. Both exams are six hours and cover four focus areas:

·         Safe Effective Care Environment (e.g., infection control)

·         Health Promotion and Maintenance (e.g., preventative care)

·         Psychosocial (mental health for you and your patients)

·         Physiological (overall proper nursing care)

Get licensed/get experience. After you pass your exam, you will receive a nursing license from the State of Alaska. Now, it’s up to you to get the professional experience you’ll need to become a great nurse. You’ll also be required to keep your credentials current and to earn regular continuing education credits. The Alaska Board of Nursing requires 30 hours of continuing education every two years.

If you’re ready to get on the path to a nursing career in Alaska, let Charter College be your guide. Fill out the form to learn how you can start the process today.

1 https://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2014/spring/art03.pdf