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

Directly following test completion your NCLEX examination will be scored two times. The first score will be made via computer directly at your testing center. The second will be made at Pearson VUE, a private testing company that administers the exam.

Your results will be transmitted to your state board of nursing either electronically or by U.S. mail.

Individual state boards of nursing make the decision about how to provide students with their official scored test results.

Finding Your NCLEX Quick Results

Wait at least 48 hours after you have taken the NCLEX examination.

Log on to Pearson VUE's NCLEX website for quick results. These are unofficial scores.

Click on My Account. Provide your user name and password.

Pay the quick results fee by credit card.

Finding Official Results for the NCLEX Exam

Wait approximately one month following your test-taking date.

Official NCLEX scores will be mailed to you from your specific state board of nursing.

Check your mail frequently for the official results.

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.