NEBRASKA NURSING LICENSE
Important Note: Nursing licensure and practice requirements are subject to change. Nursing License Map makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official source is the State Board of Nursing. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Nebraska State Board of Nursing before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/20/2015
|Nursing Licenses in Nebraska||Master's Required?|
|Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)||Y|
|Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)||Y|
|Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)||Y|
|Nurse Practitioner (NP)||Y|
|Registered Nurse (RN)||N|
|Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)||N|
Nebraska Nursing Salary Average
*The Salary of an advanced practice nurse in Nebraska can vary widely based upon specialization. Learn more about Nebraska nursing salary.
Learn about financial aid options for nurses on our nursing scholarships and grants page.
There are many paths to become a nurse in Nebraska. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.
In addition to nursing salaries in Nebraska, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Nebraska nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in Nebraska, please let us know!
Compact State Status
Nebraska is a Nursing Licensure Compact State.
Prescriptive Authority in Nebraska
Nurse Practitioners may apply for prescriptive authority for Schedule II-V controlled substances in collaboration with a physician as well as provide samples of medications.
Nebraska Nursing Licensure Renewal
Nursing licenses can be renewed using the state’s Online License Renewal system. Licenses expire October 31 of even-numbered years. Renewal notices are sent to the address on file with the board. Licenses not renewed within 30 days after the deadline will be considered lapsed.
Advanced Practice Nursing- Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Midwife, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Nebraska
Master’s Degree in Relevant Nursing Field
Varies for Different Certifications
$68 Application Fee, $38 Criminal Background Check, Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)
Varies for Different Certifications
National Certification in Nursing Specialty
APRN renewal fee is $68. Continuing education requirements include the following:
- Proof of national certification/recertification
- Completion of an APRN program in the previous five years or practice as an APRN in a specific advanced practice role in the last five years;
- Completion of at least 2,080 hours of practice as an APRN in the last five years, 500 hours of which must be in a clinical role in which there is a direct nurse-patient relationship;
- Provide proof of at least 40 contact hours of continuing education (CE) in your clinical specialty within the last two years, of which 10 contact hours must be in pharmacotherapeutics.
An Active Nebraska Registered Nurse License Is Required for Application
Two to Four Years of Education at a College, Hospital, or University in an Approved Nursing Program
$123 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee
R.N.’s must submit the renewal notice, attest to having met the requirements of continued competency, and pay the renewal fee of $123. Each applicant for renewal is required to report any conviction for a misdemeanor or felony since the last renewal. Applicants are also required to report any discipline against any health care professional license in this state (other than nursing) or any health care professional license in any other state since the last renewal period. Continuing competency for R.N.’s includes at least one of the following:
- Practiced at least 500 hours during the past five years and have completed at least 20 contact hours of acceptable continuing education/in-service education within the past two years. Of the 20 hours, at least 10 hours must be peer reviewed. All of the required contact hours can be taken via home study or Internet courses;
- Have graduated from a nursing program within the last two years;
- Have graduated from a nursing program in more than two but less than five years and have completed at least 20 contact hours of acceptable continuing education/in-service education within the past two years. Of the 20 hours, at least 10 hours must be peer reviewed. All of the required contact hours can be taken via home study or Internet courses;
- Have completed an approved refresher course within the last five years;
- Have obtained/maintained current certification in a nursing specialty granted by a nationally recognized certifying organization;
- Have developed and maintained a portfolio that includes the licensee’s current continuing competency goals and evidence/verification of professional activities to meet those goals.
Individuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to a $123 Application Fee. Registered Nurses Who Hold an Active License in Another Compact State Need Not Apply for Licensure in Nebraska, Unless They Plan to Change Their Permanent Residency to Nebraska.
Nine Months to One Year of Education in an Approved Nursing Program
$123 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee, $68 Optional LPN-Certified Fee
All LPN licenses expire on October 31 of each odd-numbered year. Fee is $123, and renewal requirements are the same as the R.N.
Individuals Currently Holding an LPN License May Apply to Take the LPN-Certified (LPN-C) Exam If They Have Successfully Completed an Approved Certification Course in the Past Year.
Individuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to a $123 Application Fee. Licensed Practical Nurses Who Hold an Active License in Another Compact State Need Not Apply for Licensure in Nebraska, Unless They Plan to Change Their Permanent Residency to Nebraska.