How To Become A Nurse In Ohio

Becoming a nurse in Ohio requires one to four years of schooling, depending on the type of license and degree you want to attain. No matter what type of license or degree you choose, you must find and enroll in a college or training program approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing. When applying for nursing school you will want to inquire as to their status with the Ohio Board of Nursing. There are three levels of nursing education certifications you can receive in the State of Ohio: LPN, ADN, and BSN. The following is an explanation of the different licensures and their requirements.

LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse)

LPN stands for Licensed Practical Nurse, and requires approximately a year of training. To become and LPN, you must complete a state approved Practical Nurse education program successfully, then pass a practical nurse licensing exam given by the state. Most LPN programs in Ohio are offered by vocational schools, technical schools or community colleges. The license examination called the NCLEX-PN, which stands for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses. The exam has four subject areas: Safe Effective Care Environment, Health Promotion and Maintenance, Psychological Integrity and Physiological Integrity.

The scope of practice for an LPN varies from state to state, but Ohio is one of the states that has some of the biggest restrictions on what LPN’s can and cannot do. LPN’s can contribute to the planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care, and provide basic care to patients. They can administer medications only after successfully completing additional training in medication administration approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing. They also cannot administer IV therapy without receiving additional training and certification by the Ohio Board of Nursing.  Even after successful completion of an IV therapy course, they are limited to compounding antibiotics for IV administration.

RN (Registered Nurse)

If you choose to become a Registered Nurse, you have two options, an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN). Depending on the degree and school you choose, you will spend between two and four years in school. Registered nursing programs are offered at almost any type of secondary school and there are even nursing programs taught in larger hospitals. Again, you want to be sure that the Ohio Board of Nursing approves the training. The license exam for an RN, either an ADN or BSN is the NCLEX-RN. The test for RNs covers the same four subject areas as the LPN licensing exam, but is geared toward the additional education received in an RN program.

Becoming an RN – Associate’s versus Bachelor’s degrees

When deciding to become an RN with and Associate’s degree or Bachelor’s degree, you need to consider the differences between the two. An Associate’s degree requires less time in school, which means it costs significantly less. It also allows you to enter into the nursing field as an RN sooner than if you chose to attain your Bachelor’s degree.  The Associate’s degree with give you an overview of all areas of nursing allowing you to work in the field and if you find a particular specialty that interests you, you can return to school for you Bachelor’s degree. Bachelor’s degrees prepare RNs for advanced careers such as nursing specialty fields such as geriatrics, pediatrics or any one of a number of other areas of medicine. The major difference is that an ADN prepares you for general practice as an RN and a BSN allows you to focus on a specific specialty.

No matter what type of nursing degree you choose, you will be required to take CE (continuing education) courses throughout the year and maintain a certain number of credits to keep your nursing license current. You also need to renew your license every two years.

Nursing Schools in Ohio

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While the LPN program is offered at a majority of technical schools, vocational schools and community colleges in Ohio, the following schools are based on those attending for an ADN or BSN.

Nursing School Locations

Kent State University College of Nursing
Henderson Hall
Box 5190
Kent, Ohio 44242
Phone: 330-672-7930

Case Western Reserve University
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
2120 Cornell Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-4904
Phone: (216) 368-2529

Ohio State University College of Nursing
1585 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone Number: (614) 292-4449

University of Akron College of Nursing
209 Carroll Street
Akron, OH 44325-3701
Phone Number: (330) 972-5164

Ursuline College Breen School of Nursing
2550 Lander Road
Pepper Pike, OH 44124
Phone Number: (440) 449-4203

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