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Graduation from an approved RN program.
Having passed the NCLEX Exam.   
Having held the same type of licensure in another state.

Application by Endorsement
  

Complete the application for Licensure by Endorsement.

 

·     Complete all areas of the fingerprint card(s) and be fingerprinted by an authorized professional. Nebraska State Patrol has 6 Locations in Nebraska. Fee of $123.00 (personal checks accepted) payable to  DHHS- Nebraska Board of Nursing
  • An official nursing transcript received by mail directly from your school of nursing or the institution maintaining the record. Transcripts in sealed envelopes received from the graduate WILL be accepted. Electronic transcripts are also acceptable.
  • Verification of Original License – (Last page of Application) Use this form if your original state board of licensure is not participating in NURSYS. Please contact your original state of licensure to verify the fee required for license verification.
  • License Verification through NURSYS.com - The quickest and easiest way to verify your original license (if possible) is to go online to www.nursys.com.

 

Application by Endorsement
  

If you live in NE there are 6 State Patrol locations.  If out of state you can use your local sheriff's office, police station or any authorized fingerprinted center.

Application by Endorsement
  

​No.

Application by Endorsement
  

You will receive an email once we receive your application and process it.  This is usually within 14 days of receipt of your application.  You can go to license lookup and see that we have received your application if it says Pending.

Application by Endorsement
  

Yes, verification of a temporary license is verified under License Lookup.  The license lookup is updated each night so you would be able to see it by the next day after it is issued.

Application by Endorsement
  

Yes, you can verify your license by last name on the license lookup. You can also view the newly issued license at NURSYS.com.

Application by Endorsement
  

The temporary license is valid for 60 days.

Application by Endorsement
  

A license will not be issued until the board has received all required documentation and the board has reviewed the case file and voted to approve Nebraska licensure.

Application by Endorsement
  

Please email the change to dhhs.nursingoffice@nebraska.gov or fax to 402-742-2360 to the attention of the Nursing Division. You may also call us at 402-471-4376.

Application by Endorsement
  

The timeframe to receive all documentation is usually 2 to 8 weeks. Upon receiving all required documentation, your Nebraska license will normally be issued within 5 business days. If you have not heard anything from the board office in five weeks from the date mailed it would be advisable to contact the endorsement division at 402-471-4376.

Application by Endorsement
  

Incomplete endorsement applications remain active for 150 days from the date they are initially received in the NE BON office

Application by Endorsement
  

Once the application for licensure by endorsement, endorsement fee, and the official transcript from the school of nursing or verification of licensure is received in the board office, a temporary permit is usually issued within 5-7 working days.

Application by Endorsement
  

Yes.  The board may grant a 60-day temporary permit to an applicant for initial licensure by endorsement who has the Criminal Background in process, provided the applicant has met all other requirements for the temporary permit. 

Application by Endorsement
  

Approximately 8-10 weeks (this includes the time it takes to process fingerprints which is 4-6 weeks). Applications are processed in the order they are received by the Licensure Unit. If your application is not complete, or if the money amount is incorrect, it will be returned to you to correct. Some applications require additional documents, e.g., certified court records, proof of lawful presence in the United States, etc., and are not complete until all required documents have been received.

Application by Examination
  

There are several things you can do to help the process;

1. Make sure your application is complete and EVERY section is filled out.
2. Be sure to sign and date your completed application.
3. Write your check for the correct amount of money (check the fee schedule on the application).
4. Read the instructions carefully so you know the process and what is required of you.
5. If you are an exam candidate remember to include a wallet size color photo of yourself. Use a recent photo that most looks like you.
6. When sending proof of lawful presence do not send originals, send a copy. Originals cannot be returned.
7 Providing an email and phone number on your application will facilitate communication.

Application by Examination
  

No. They are separate application files.

Application by Examination
  

Some schools do include the nursing prerequisites from another school on the final transcript. A complete transcript from an approved program is a requirement for the application, so in some cases, you may need to request an official transcript showing nursing prerequisites.

Application by Examination
  

We process exam results as quickly as possible in the order they are received. Everyone will receive communication from us in the mail. If you are issued a license, it will be mailed to you.

Application by Examination
  

When your license is issued, it will first appear on the web site (License Lookup) https://www.nebraska.gov/LISSearch/search.cgi  License Lookup is updated every night. You will receive your paper license in the mail shortly after that.

Application by Examination
  

There are many steps in the processing of an application.

 

·         We send the application and check to our accounting department.
·         A checklist is created for each applicant.
·         As required documents arrive, they are checked off the checklist.
·         If you are applying for licensure by exam, once we have completely finished processing your application and see that you have registered with Pearson Vue, we will make you eligible for the exam. Pearson Vue will send you the ATT (Authorization To Test) by email.   When you receive your ATT it will inform you how to schedule your exam. You may view the steps of the NCLEX (from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing) at: https://www.ncsbn.org/nclex-application-and-registration.htm

 

Application by Examination
  

In order to retake the NCLEX exam, you will need to reapply for the license and re-register for the exam with Pearson Vue. You will need to complete a fresh license application form and submit it by mail with the current license fee. If you have recently taken the exam, you do not need to send in transcripts or other supporting documents. They would still be in our office. The new license application will join the previous one and be re-processed in the order it’s received in this office. If you have not taken the NCLEX exam recently, please contact the office first. We do not keep application materials on file indefinitely.

A NEW SET OF FINGERPRINTS MUST BE OBTAINED AND PROCESSED WITH EACH APPLICATION. THE FINGERPRINT PROCESSING FEE OF $45.25 MUST ALSO BE PAID TO THE STATE PATROL WITH EACH APPLICATION.

Contact us about questions about the current license fee or the process to retake the NCLEX exam at 402-471-4376 or dhhs.nursingoffice@nebraska.gov.

Application by Examination
  

Make an appointment to get fingerprinted. 

 ·         If you have your prints rolled by ink and the law enforcement agency gives you the cards, you must send them to the State Patrol and pay the fee for processing online or by mail to the State Patrol. 
·         If you have your prints by Live Scan, the law enforcement agency will not give you the cards; you still must pay the fee for processing online or by mail to the State Patrol.

When you have paid the fee, the prints will be processed as long as the Licensure Unit has received your application for a license.  You will be contacted if any further information is required after the results are received by the Licensure Unit.

 

Application by Examination
  

​No.

Application by Examination
  

Either method of sending the documents is OK.

Conviction/Disciplinary Action
  

Before your renewal will be processed, please submit by mail the following documents to our office (Please include your name and license number):

·         A list of any misdemeanor or felony convictions;
·         A copy of the court record relating to such convictions;
·         Your explanation of the events leading to the conviction (what, when, where, why) and a summary of actions the applicant has taken to address the behaviors/actions related to the convictions;
·         If currently serving a probation, submit a letter from the probation officer addressing probationary conditions and current status; and
·         All addiction/mental health evaluations and proof of treatment if the conviction involved a drug and/or alcohol related offense and if treatment was obtained and/or required.

Conviction/Disciplinary Action
  

Before your renewal will be processed, please submit by mail an official copy of the disciplinary action, including charges and disposition. Please include your name and Nebraska license number. If your license was disciplined by Nebraska, you do not need to submit any documents.

Conviction/Disciplinary Action
  

No, you do not need to submit the documents again if you have already reported the conviction or disciplinary action to our Investigations Division.

Conviction/Disciplinary Action
  

If your initial Nebraska license was issued during the current renewal period, CE hours will NOT be required for this first renewal.  As you renew your license, you will answer “yes” to the waiver question which states:  I was first licensed within the previous 24 months’.  Each renewal after, you will be required to meet the CE requirements as set out in the nursing regulations.  This waiver can apply to both exam and endorsement applicants who received their first Nebraska license within the current renewal period.

Continuing Education/Competency
  

It depends:

 

·         If you graduated and were first licensed in the last 2 years, your graduation meets the continuing competency requirement for this renewal.
·         If you graduated and were first licensed more than 2 years but less than 5 years ago, you must have completed 20 hours of continuing education in the last 2 years.  Of the 20 hours, at least 10 must be peer reviewed.
·         If you graduated and were first licensed more than 5 years ago, you must have practiced 500 hours in the previous 5 years and completed 20 hours of continuing education in the previous 2 years. Of the 20 hours, at least 10 hours must be peer reviewed.

 

Continuing Education/Competency