Steps to Become an Emergency Room (ER) Nurse
There are multiple pathways to becoming an emergency room nurse. Some common steps include:
- Apply to and attend an accredited and approved nursing program. Both an associate degree in nursing and a Bachelor of Science (BSN) in Nursing may qualify you to become a registered nurse, depending on state board requirements. A bachelor’s degree may lead to more opportunities as a nurse and for certification.
- Pass the NCLEX-RN exam. In all states, you need to pass the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN) to obtain licensure as a registered nurse.
- Obtain state licensure as a registered nurse. Nursing licensure requirements vary by state, so be sure to check with your state’s board of nursing for specific requirements.
- Obtain nursing experience. Once you obtain licensure as an RN, it could be beneficial to work in an emergency room or related environment in acute care.
- Consider certification. While not required for employment, there are organizations that offer certifications for emergency room nursing.