So, you’ve decided to follow the nursing career path. Well, getting a degree or diploma is just the first step. In order to get your first job and practice nursing, you’ll need to be licensed. What’s involved can vary depending on where you want to practice – your nursing school will help you apply for the appropriate licensing exam. Once you have your license, you’ll have to renew it every so often. Each state has different regulations on the renewal process, so educate yourself on the requirements where you plan to work as a nurse. Some states, for example, may require continuing education courses and a background check to maintain or renew your license. Continuing education programs actually are very beneficial because technology and health care knowledge can change so quickly. The tools and techniques we use today won’t last forever. As a nurse, you are expected to keep up with all the latest trends and cutting-edge technology in order to provide quality care. Even if continuing education is not required, you really should take classes regularly to stay on top of your field. Need more information on what to expect once you get a nursing degree or diploma? A good place to start is www.fortis.edu. Dr. Anders has been a faculty member and education administrator in associate, bachelor, master and doctoral programs.