A bank nurse is a licensed professional who works for a nursing referral agency, often called a "nurse bank." Nursing referral companies provide listings of caregivers for medical and nonmedical care to nursing and rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, private homes and assisted living and retirement communities. State agencies establish licensing requirements for bank nurses who want to provide short- or long-term care professionally through a referral agency. To become a bank nurse, an applicant must hold a degree and be licensed in their state of residence. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are three "educational paths" to becoming a registered nurse: diploma, ADN, or BSN. (See Reference 1)
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Things you need
- hospital-administered diploma
- associate degree in nursing
- bachelor degree in nursing
- passing score from the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
- license (RN or LPN)
Enrol in an accredited undergraduate degree program in nursing to become either a registered nurse, a licensed practical nurse, or a certified nursing assistant. Register for nongraduate campus and distance education courses in communication, critical thinking, anatomy, psychology and nutrition. Complete the program with at least a 3.0 grade point average.
Apply for an entry-level position as a staff nurse with a hospital, nursing home, or long-term care facility to gain at least three to five years of consistent on-the-job training experience. Register to sit for the NCLEX exam to either become a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse. Write the license designation on all job applications.
Join and register for membership with a professional nursing organisation. Pay the monthly or annual dues. Write the membership organisation name and identification number on all job applications when necessary.
Create a resume and/or curriculum vitae, detailing education, experience and extra-curricular activities related to nursing. Register with a nurse bank, nurse referral agency or nursing services company to access information about careers for registered or licensed practical nurses.
Access the company's website, locate the "careers" or "jobs" button and click on it. Select from among the job listings the career title that best reflects your education and experience. Apply for the position to become a bank nurse.
Tips and warnings
- The University of North Dakota College of Nursing provides master's of science specialisations in nurse anaesthesia, family nurse practitioner, gerontological nursing and nursing education. The college also provides a doctorate program in nursing.
- The Medical University of South Carolina offers an online doctorate program in nursing in which students conduct research, enrol in a summer residency program and present at annual conferences.
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