According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be an estimated 3.2 million total positions open to registered nurses by the year 2018. Individuals interested in entering this exciting health care profession must first graduate from an approved nursing school or college and pass the NCLEX examination. The NCLEX, or the National Council Licensure Examination, is a requirement for all state systems of nursing licensure. After studying for and taking this standardized test, there are several steps that students must take to determine the results.

Becoming a nurse.
Becoming a nurse.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be an estimated 3.2 million total positions open to registered nurses by the year 2018. Individuals interested in entering this exciting health care profession must first graduate from an approved nursing school or college and pass the NCLEX examination. The NCLEX, or the National Council Licensure Examination, is a requirement for all state systems of nursing licensure. After studying for and taking this standardized test, there are several steps that students must take to determine the results.

Post NCLEX Exam Steps

Finding Your NCLEX Quick Results

Finding Official Results for the NCLEX Exam

2016 Salary Information for Registered Nurses

Registered nurses earned a median annual salary of $68,450 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, registered nurses earned a 25th percentile salary of $56,190, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $83,770, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 2,955,200 people were employed in the U.S. as registered nurses.