How to apply for the NCLEX

To apply for the NCLEX first you need to decide in which State you would like to practice. Below is a quick list of all states with associated application codes.

AL ALABAMA
AK ALASKA
AS AMERICAN SAMOA
AZ ARIZONA
AR ARKANSAS
CA CALIFORNIA
CO COLORADO
CT CONNECTICUT
DE DELAWARE
DC DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
FL FLORIDA
GA GEORGIA
GU GUAM
HI HAWAII
ID IDAHO
IL ILLINOIS
IN INDIANA
IA IOWA

KS KANSAS
KY KENTUCKY
LA LOUISIANA
ME MAINE
MD MARYLAND
MA MASSACHUSETTS
MI MICHIGAN
MN MINNESOTA
MS MISSISSIPPI
MO MISSOURI
MT MONTANA
NE NEBRASKA
NV NEVADA
NH NEW HAMPSHIRE
NJ NEW JERSEY
NM NEW MEXICO
NY NEW YORK

NC NORTH CAROLINA
ND NORTH DAKOTA
MP NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS
OH OHIO
OK OKLAHOMA
OR OREGON
PA PENNSYLVANIA
PR PUERTO RICO
RI RHODE ISLAND
SC SOUTH CAROLINA
SD SOUTH DAKOTA
TN TENNESSEE
TX TEXAS
UT UTAH
VT VERMONT
VI US Virgin Islands
VA VIRGINIA
WA WASHINGTON
WV WEST VIRGINIA
WI WISCONSIN
WY WYOMING 

To choose which State is quite difficult and depends on what you want from a professional and a place to live. One crucial factor, is the rate of pay, workplace competition and environment. Have a look at the map below to see nurse wages and working conditions in the different states, the darker colour being the better and the lighter colours being the worse.

You can see that nurse job quality is evenly spread throughout the US with a few odd patches which stand out. The best state to become a nurse is currently Washington State (not DC) on the West coast of the US, Having a look at the worst places to be a nurse, shows a general rule of avoid the South East...
NCLEX Exam Wages
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Last modified: Tuesday, 8 September 2015, 6:40 AM