Nurse Licensing Renewal and Continuing Education

 
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What you need to know

You may renew your license online when renewals are open for your license type at: https://nebraska.mylicense.com/. Additional renewal information can be found in the regulations for each license type. Also, please check the FAQ page on our website; many continuing education questions are answered there.

To renew a license, all nurses must complete the online renewal process or submit the paper renewal application, attest to having met the requirements of continued competency, and pay the renewal fee.


APRN: 

APRN licenses expire on October 31st of each even-numbered year.

To renew a license, you must submit the renewal notice, attest to having met the requirements of continued competency, and pay the renewal fee.

All APRNs must have a current Nebraska RN license or multi-state RN compact state license.

APRN-CNS:

  • National certification/recertification or documentation of an alternative method of competency assessment, if licensed after September 1, 2007
  • At least 2,080 hours of practice as a Clinical Nurse Specialist within the previous five years immediately preceding renewal
    • Hours spent by faculty in a graduate-level clinical nurse specialist program in the supervision of students in the clinical area may apply toward the 2,080 hours.
    • Applicants who have been licensed in Nebraska or authorized by any other jurisdiction for less than five years will not be required to meet the practice requirement for license renewal; and
  • At least 40 contact hours of continuing education in the clinical specialty area within the previous two years

APRN-CRNA:

  • Hold current national certification (NBCRNA)

APRN-CNM:

  • At least 850 hours of practice as a CNM within the previous two years, or
  • At least 2,080 hours of practice as a CNM within the previous five years.

    Applicants who graduated within the previous two years are not required to provide evidence of competence. CNMs do not have a continuing education requirement for Nebraska certification.

APRN-NP:

  • Current National Certification/Recertification
  • If licensed less than two years, you are not required to meet the continuing education or practice requirement for license renewal.
  • If licensed more than two years but less than five years, at least 40 contact hours of continuing education in clinical specialty area within the two years preceding the renewal period. Ten of the 40 contact hours must be in pharmacotherapeutics.  (2,080 hours of practice is not required)
  • If licensed more than five years, at least 2,080 hours of practice as an APRN within the previous five years immediately preceding renewal AND documentation of 40 contact hours of continuing education in the clinical specialty area within the previous two years, 10 hours must be in pharmacotherapeutics.
  • At least 500 of the 2,080 hours of practice must be in a clinical role in which there is a direct nurse/patient relationship.

LPN/RN:

  • RN licenses expire on October 31st of each even-numbered year.
  • LPN licenses expire on October 31st of each odd-numbered year.

In order to renew, all LPN/RN nurses must meet one of the continued competency requirements or waivers listed below:

  • Have practiced nursing for 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 attested to, no more than four hours may be from CPR or BLS, and 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 in more than two, but less than five years AND have completed at least 20 contact hours of acceptable continuing education/in-service within the past two years. Of the 20 hours, no more than four hours may be from CPR or BLS and at least 10 hours must be peer reviewed. All of the required contact hours can be taken via home study or Internet courses; OR
  • Have graduated from a nursing program within the last two years.
  • 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; OR
  • 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.

Waiver: Received RN or LPN  license within the past 24 months.  NOTE: Continuing education is not required.

Waiver:  Practiced nursing for at least 500 hours during the past five years and requesting a waiver of the continuing education/in-service requirement due to:

  • Military assignment in a location where continuing education/in-service is not available
  • Living outside of the USA and continuing education is not available
  • Serving as a missionary in a foreign country

Waiver: Within the past 24 months, served full-time duty in the active military service of the United States, a National Guard call to active service for more than 30 consecutive days, or active service as a commissioned officer of the Public Health Service or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Military service may also include any period during which a service member is absent from duty on account of sickness, wounds, leave, or other lawful cause. If you meet this waiver, you are not required to pay the renewal fee or meet the continuing education requirements. You must submit copies of your active service papers.

 

Practice after license expiration

Nurses who continue to practice after their license has expired will be required to pay a fee of $10 per day for every day practiced up to a maximum of $1,000 and may have additional disciplinary action taken.