Nursing Career Information

This is general information regarding licensure, certification, and career resources which may prove helpful in your search.

Services and Resources


  • How to Get a License
    This site, from the American Journal of Nursing Career Guide Online contains information on obtaining licenses from each state board of nursing.
  • National Council of State Boards of Nursing
    This site contains NCLEX examination information and an interactive NCLEX candidate diagnostic profile. It also includes position papers by the National Council, searchable databases of National Council publications, state nurse practice acts and nursing regulations, and resources for health care consumers.
  • Preparing for Licensure as a Registered Nurse
    This site gives tips about preparing for the nursing exam.


Although licensing allows one to practice nursing, certification is reserved for professional achievement in defined clinical specialties. The following sites offer credentialing information

  • Your Guide to Certification
    This is part of the American Journal of Nursing Career Guide Online and contains certification information for each area of nursing.
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center
    This site provides information about the ANA Certification Program and catalog information and applications for board certification in specialized fields of nursing.
  • Nurse Week: Includes AANC certifications as well as many others (e.g., lactation specialist, diabetes educators, etc)
  • Certified Nurse Educator Exam
    Provides information for those who want to become certified nurse educators.

NCLEX Preparation

Career Resources

There are many career resources on the Web. Use a search engine of your choice (e.g. Altavista, WebCrawler, Yahoo, Excite, AOL). Please keep in mind that this is a general list and cannot be guaranteed by Columbia University School of Nursing. It is, however, a good place to start the process and access job requirements, salaries and regional particulars.

Career Fairs

Relocation Resources

Salary Calculator

Job Posting Sites

US Regional Job Postings

Federal Employment Opportunities

International Employment Opportunities


These are direct links to professional organizations and associations.

General Nursing Sites

Continuing Education

Sites that contain on-line courses for continuing education credits.

  • World Wide Learn
    Contains a large directory of online education.
    General site with links to all nursing journals and large selection of CE offerings. Part of Lippincott, Williams, Inc.

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