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What is a registered nurse (rn)?

A registered nurse (RN) is a person who has graduated from an accredited nursing program and has passed the state examination for licensure (NCLEX). Following graduation and passing the NCLEX the nurse becomes registered and licensed to practice by a state authority. Licensing to practice nurses is at the state level and therefore the RN may hold licenses in a number of states.

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