Each state in the U.S. is responsible for the licensure of nurses within that state. Variations exist among the states. State specific licensure information is available on board of nursing websites.
To ensure public protection, all boards of nursing require a candidate for licensure to pass an examination that measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively. All U.S. boards of nursing use the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).
NCLEX information is available in the NCLEX Candidate Bulletin.
The Resource Manual on the Licensure of Internationally Educated Nurses was developed to provide a detailed guide for boards of nursing to each of the uniform licensure requirements for internationally educated nurses (IENs) and additional information that may be useful in specific circumstances.