Maine Nursing Guide – How to Become, Licensure, Requirements

Nursing requirements change rapidly. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Maine Board of Nursing before applying for licensure. Last updated: 1/27/2020

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in Maine
Nursing Licenses in Maine Master’s Required?
Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) Yes
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Yes
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Yes
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Yes
Registered Nurse (RN) No
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) No

Maine Nursing Salaries

Maine Nursing Salaries
ME Nurse Career State-Wide Annual Mean Wage Bangor Annual Mean Wage Portland-South Portland Annual Mean Wage Portsmouth, NH-ME Annual Mean Wage
Licensed Practical Nurse $45,610 $43,140 $48,120 $50,230
Registered Nurse $67,610 $73,740 $71,080 $72,690
Nurse Practitioner $103,220 $101,130 $105,460 $97,950
Nurse Anesthetist $170,300 Not Available $170,750 Not Available

Careers as a nurse salaries above were retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics – State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Maine in January 2020.

There are many paths to becoming a nurse in Maine. 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 Maine, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Maine 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 Maine, please email us at info@nursinglicensemap.com!

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Compact State Status

Maine is a Nursing Licensure Compact state.

Prescriptive Authority in Maine

According to the Maine State Board of Nursing – Regulations Relating to Advanced Practice Registered Nursing, nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives may apply for prescriptive authority for Schedule II-V controlled substances. A total of 45 contact hours of pharmacology are required for initial applications.

Nurse Practitioner in Maine

Education: Successful completion of an approved nurse practitioner program and evidence of 45 contact hours in pharmacology.

Examination: Varies for Different Certifications

Experience: Varies for Different Certifications

Certification Required: Nurse practitioner certification from a national certifying organization such as American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC); National Board of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners; National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing Specialties; and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Fees:

  • $100 Application Fee
  • $50 per additional specialty

Renewal: APRN level renewals are made concurrently with registered nurse (RN) renewal with a $100 fee. Nurse practitioners must provide proof of maintenance of national certification.

Learn more on how to become a nurse practitioner.

Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) in Maine

Education: Successful completion of a nurse-midwifery program, approved by the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

Examination: Varies for Different Certifications

Certification Required: Certification from the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB), the former American College of Nurse-Midwives, or the American College of Nurse-Midwives Certification Council.

Fees:

  • $100 Application Fee

Renewal: CNM level renewals are made concurrently with registered nurse (RN) renewal with a $100 fee. CNMs must provide proof of maintenance of national certification. A total of 75 contact hours are required for renewal.

Learn more on how to become a certified nurse midwife.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) in Maine

Education: Successful completion of a nurse anesthesia program, accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

Examination: Varies for Different Certifications

Certification Required: Certification by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists

Fees:

  • $100 Application Fee

Renewal: CRNA level renewals are made concurrently with registered nurse (RN) renewal with a $100 fee. CRNAs must provide proof of maintenance of national certification. A total of 75 contact hours are required for renewal.

Learn more on how to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist.

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNA) in Maine

Education: Successful completion of a master’s degree program in a clinical specialty area, accredited by the National League for Nursing or the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Examination: Varies for Different Certifications

Certification Required: Certification in a clinical specialty by a national certifying body.

Fees:

  • $100 Application Fee

Renewal: CNS level renewals are made concurrently with registered nurse (RN) renewal with a $100 fee. CNS must provide proof of maintenance of national certification. A total of 75 contact hours are required for renewal.

Learn more on how to become a clinical nurse specialist.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Maine

Education: Completion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program

Examination: NCLEX-RN

Fees:

  • $75 Application Fee
  • $200 Examination Fee

Endorsement: Individuals with equivalent licensure in another state may apply for licensure through endorsement, subject to board approval. A $75 application fee is required. Registered nurses who hold an active license in another compact state need not apply for licensure in Maine, unless they plan to change their permanent residency to Maine.

Renewal: License renewal is every two years on nurse’s birthday. License renewal is every two years on a nurse’s birthday. Renewal fees are $75 per renewal period.

Learn more on how to become a registered nurse.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Maine

Education: Completion of an Approved Licensed Practical Nurse Program

Examination: NCLEX-PN

Fees:

  • $50 Application Fee
  • $200 Examination Fee

Endorsement: Individuals with equivalent licensure in another state may apply for licensure through endorsement, subject to board approval. A $50 application fee is required. Licensed practical nurses who hold an active license in another compact state need not apply for licensure in Maine, unless they plan to change their permanent residency to Maine.

Renewal: License renewal is every two years on nurse’s birthday. License renewal is every two years on a nurse’s birthday. Renewal fees are $75 per renewal period.

Learn more on how to become a licensed practical nurse.

Information for the nursing careers above was retrieved from the Maine State Board of Nursing – Regulations Relating to Advanced Practice Registered Nursing and the Maine State Board of Nursing Website, as of January 2020.

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Earn an MS in Nursing online from Georgetown University.

  • Earn your MS in Nursing in as few as 19 months
  • Choose from one of four APRN specialty areas: AG-ACNP, FNP, NM/WHNP, or WHNP
  • Gain hands-on clinical experience in evidence-based practice

Earn a Master of Science in Nursing online from Simmons University.

  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Preparation to pursue certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Part-time, full-time, and extended plans of study

Earn your MSN online from USC’s Top-Ranked School of Social Work.

  • Prepares RNs to pursue board certification as family nurse practitioners
  • Earn a CCNE-accredited MSN in as few as 21 months
  • Choose from part-time and full-time study options

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